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in the Mix: Calif. artist brings her mixed heritage themed works to Hub

Colette Greenstein | 2/6/2014, 6 a.m.
"The beauty of art is the ambiguity," says sculptor Alison Saar discussing her current exhibit "STILL…" showing at the Sandra ...
Sculptor Alison Saar’s work “Weight,” shown above, is an example about how her mixed heritage and interest in American and African traditions influences her work. Saar’s newest work is on display in the exhibit “STILL …” at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. courtesy of Alison Saar

Does being a mother influence your work, and if so in what way?

I feel the work shifted when I had children in that I began to make the work more personal. I was also more interested in how motherhood has affected our lives as women and women of color, both historically and in the present.

Do you have any thoughts on how to expose kids to art, to make it more understandable?

Taking kids when they’re really young and very often.

Is your work influenced by film, television or pop culture in any way?

Film has always been important to me. My husband is a filmmaker. Reading. When you’re reading you’re present. The mind allows you to be fully there.

What do you hope that people take away from the exhibit, if anything?

Hopefully, calling people to arms and having their voices heard.

The Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Bakalar & Paine Galleries presents Alison Saar’s exhibit “STILL…” now through March 8. The galleries are free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The galleries are closed on Sundays. For more information, please email galleryinfo@massart.edu or call 617-879-7333.