(American, b. 1926)
Support: Arches paper
Sheet: 35.2 x 46 cm (13 7/8 x 18 1/8 in.)
Gift from funds of various donors to the Department of Prints and Drawings 2000.93
Edition: 250, & 1 bon a tirer, 2 printers proofs, 2 Cirrus proofs, 10 artist proofs
Impression: AP (artist proof)
Betye Saar once said, “I feel that every object has its story about its previous life, and sometimes I change that, but I like to have a lot unsaid so the viewer can kind of reinterpret what I am trying to say.” Here, the artist has photographed an arrangement of several items. The handwriting at bottom left reads, “Keep for Old Memiors [sic],” written by Saar’s great-aunt Hattie Parson Keys, who had died the previous year. Taken together, these remnants are vessels for memories and emotions. Because the photolithograph exists as a multiple, these objects, with their shared past, can have numerous potential futures.
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