Betye Saar Bio

Betye Saar (b. 1926) is known for assemblage works combining found objects and images that explore the realities of African-American oppression and the mysticism of symbols through the combination of everyday objects. Saar joined the Black Arts Movement in the 1970s and became engaged in political activism. Since then, her artistic process has involved the recontextualization of African American folklore and icons to challenge racism and the societal and political stigmas attributed to African-Americans and women.