Alison Saar
United States, b. 1956

Part of the reason why I started working with the figure was because audiences felt that if something was abstract that they were being excluded. . . . I have this naive sort of hope that my work could be understood by all people.

Alison Saar, in Ruth Twiggs and Bruce Berryhill, Alison Saar at VMFA / Tangible Spirit Part 1 and 2 (Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1994/2014), video.