The piece Foison and Fallow, derives from Alison Saar’s recent fascination with the early anatomy illustrations of Andreas Vesalius and Juan Valverde de Amusco. As Saar states, “The artists of the time seemed compelled to breath life back into the cadavers, depicting them dancing with their entrails, their skin draped over their arm like a cloak, or fetuses blooming from their mother’s womb.” In this pair of life scale figures, Saar has replaced the innards with incongruous elements, to create a small diorama: Foison, represents not only fertility in the landscape but also the fertility and creativity of the mind. She pries open her chest to reveal ripe, fruitful cotton balls and their nemesis the cotton moth, in caterpillar, chrysalis and mature moth stage. On the other hand Fallow portrays a barren spirit and landscape. Resting within her belly lies a stillborn fawn fetus entwined in brambles.
- Art form: 3-D
- Medium: wood, copper, bronze, and acrylic paint
- Year created: 2012