Saar grew up in the Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles before it became
an urban environment. Her father had died when
she was six, and she lived there with her grandmother. She remembers
seeing artist Simon Rodia's Watts Towers as a young girl. Rodia
decorated the front of an apartment building with bits of glass and
other "cultural objects"collected from the community. This work influenced
Saar has lived in Laurel Canyon, California, since the 1960s. She
began her career as a printmaker. She created art by etching images
into a metal plate with acid, rubbing ink in the crevices made by
the acid and then pressing paper on the metal plate to create a
print. When she saw a 1967 exhibit by assemblage
artist Joseph Cornell, her
work changed dramatically. By 1975 she had gained national recognition
for her spiritual assemblage sculptures.
three-dimensional collage created from a group of everyday objects,
many times pre-made and put together in a specific way.
to a city; many people living in close quarters; businesses nearby.
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