Lezley Saar’s recent ink and photo collages feature inset photographs taken years ago when she was an art student in Europe. The collages coalesce a diverse range of the artist’s interests: botany, anatomy, tattoo art, caricatures and Japanese landscapes. At the same time they function in the larger body of her artistic production as reflections on kinship and shared memories. Saar’s mother Betye and sister Allison are both artists whose work also engages family history, while her father was an art conservator. The titles of some of the recent collages also reference her autistic daughter’s highly imaginative use of language such as in My Mother Was Not a Mother We Have a Club.
Saar’s work has been exhibited at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, Kansas City, MI; The Drawing Center, New York, NY and Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, among many other venues.http://www.waltermacielgallery.com/lsaar.html