Sculptor and installation artist Betye Saar is known for assemblages that explore mysticism and spirituality, as well as works that lampoon racist attitudes about blacks through a combination of popular imagery and symbols of different cultures and religions. Her work includes references to her mixed heritage of African, Native American, Irish, and Creole. Saar began creating work from found objects arranged in boxes or windows in the 1970s. In the 1990s, her work became more political as she sought to challenge negative, stereotypical views of African-Americans.
“I am intrigued by combining the remnant of memories, fragments of relics, and ordinary objects, with the components of technology. It’s a way of delving into the past and reaching into the future simultaneously. The art itself becomes the bridge.”


  • Title: Cryptic Confessions, The Question
  • Creator: Betye Saar
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Date Created: 1988
  • Physical Dimensions: 15 3/4 x 10 3/4 x 1 3/4 in
  • Provenance: Gift of Mimi Livingston
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. © Betye Saar
  • External Link: Boca Raton Museum of Art - Images Rights
  • Medium: Mixed media assemblage, computer components

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