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This Beautiful, Unsettling Sculpture Grapples with the Female Form

It's complicated.


Undone, top half.

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Undone, lower half.

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A seated woman is suspended 16 feet up on a wall, her gown draping the floor and stained red at the hem. Repurposed tree branches resemble an umbilical cord, and thoughts lead to the complications of a woman’s body and the many transitions that it undergoes in one lifetime. Beautiful and unsettling, natural and controlled, the piece, Undone, by the nationally acclaimed sculptor Alison Saar, is on exhibit at the Museum of the African Diaspora this month. Saar grapples with what it means to be a woman of color in America, using materials, such as cotton and tar, that have historical connotations. The exhibit is worth spending some time with. 

Bearing is on view at the Museum of the African Diaspora from November 11, 2015, through April 3, 2016.

Originally published in the November issue of
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