Slipping from Paradise

Betye Saar

"Slipping From Paradise," a large-scale hand-made paper piece combines Saar's interest in the process of hand-made paper and the iconography of the occult. Such universal symbols as lightening, the crescent moon, the planet Saturn, a snake, an open palm, and the four card suits are depicted in vivid colors. While the paper pulp was still fluid, Saar embedded in its surface ceramic shards on the right and twigs on the left which form the large ladder that reaches skyward. The work is enclosed in a frame especially painted and designed by the artist for this work.
Date of Birth
(b. 1926)
Mixed media on handmade paper with custom frame
43 1/2 x 32 x 1 3/4 in. (110.49 x 81.28 x 4.445 cm.)
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Gift of Marion Stroud Swingle and Funds from the National Endowment for the Arts