Is You Is or Is You Ain't

Alison Saar

Is You Is or Is You Ain't


Intaglio and hand painted shellac

13 x 9 inches


Tandem Press

Madison, WI

(608) 263-3437

Under $2,200

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Alison Saar carefully considers the physicality, conceptuality, and the history of the materials she chooses to work with. For this piece, Saar chose a flecked Chiri kozo paper. After the portrait was printed, the paper was treated with coats of shellac to achieve a stained quality. During the process of creating this print, Alison Saar said, “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t is about being racially ambiguous and gender fluid, so I was thinking of the paper being skin-like and translucent as an important component of the piece.”