I made a promise to myself as I walked through the huge archways of the Paramount lot with bright pink signs reading “FRIEZE” everywhere. That promise was that I was not going to look at any gallery names nor artist names first when engaging with art works. This way, I felt, I’ll have more of a “intuitive pull” instead of a “pre-conceived pull”.
Only works that consumed me, I would be devoured by, and completely absorbed in would get my heart and time in return. My goal was to have the purest and most honest internal self experience with art. To have my own personal love story with those pieces.
Alison Saar’s impactful work focuses on black female identity and is influenced by African, Caribbean, and Latin American folk art and spirituality. Daughter of Betye Saar, who is well known with her involvment in the 70’s black arts movement and would take Alison and her sister to art openings and museums.
All works chosen done exactly the above. Some guided me in like a whisper and revealed themselves piece by piece, some grab me hard and ripped me to shreds tearing off all armor and leaving me completely raw, while others gave me the most fulling intellectual conversations.
All of my choices became lovers at some point during the fair and after my affairs, questions arose…Why would I ever engage with works I didn’t feel a connection to? Why would I buy work I couldn’t see a future in? These are questions I feel that are important to keep answering. As there is no one answer just deeper and deeper connection to ones own reasons for their participation in the art world from continuously asking questions like these.
My hope is you can have your own personal love story while glancing at these images. May questions arise that keep you internally and forever engaged in art but most importantly yourself.