Betye Saar in Mixed Media
This is my last piece for my class Redrawing Black History. I have enjoyed this class so much! I am bummed that it is over already!
This week we learned about the assemblage artist, Betye Saar. In the 1970’s she was a part of the Black Arts Movement. This movement dealt with stereotypes and myths regarding femininity and race.
Her most famous piece was called “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima. She said, “I had this Aunt Jemima, and I wanted to put a rifle and a grenade under her skirts. I wanted to empower her. I wanted to make her a warrior. I wanted people to know that Black people wouldn’t be enslaved by that,” meaning the stereotypical mammy.
Betye Saar is a very interesting woman and artist. She is 94 now! You can find interviews of her on YouTube. I enjoyed learning about her.
Have a wonderful day! 😀