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Alison Saar

Skin/Deep

1993

Alison Saar, Skin/Deep, 1993. Ceiling tin, nails, and copper, 82 × 84 × 2 1/2 in. (208.3 × 213.4 × 6.4 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Painting and Sculpture Committee  93.34a-b
Alison Saar finds, collects, and recycles objects and materials to make life-size figures that communicate a message or tell a story. Saar’s figures often have “skins” of hammered metal or stamped tin, which was often used as decorative ceiling covering in old buildings. “Skin deep” means something superficial, or on the surface. By naming this work Skin/Deep, the artist may have wanted to communicate that you can’t know who a person is by the way they look or the color of their skin.
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