fbpx
back bounded-next cafe calendar-large calendar cart close coat-check collapse donate download elevators expand explore filter grid-view hamburger heart hours join link list-view location mail more next nursing-room phone print programs ramp restrooms right-arrow search share shop thumbs-down thumbs-up tickets up toilet heart-filled zoom Skip to Content

Tobacco Demon

Modern and Contemporary Art

Search and Share Tools

Tobacco Demon

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Alison Saar
American, born 1956

Date

1993

Medium

Ceiling tin, found objects, and shellac on wood

Accession #

1993.17 a-b

Dimensions

78 1/4 x 25 1/4 x 14 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 403

Description

As an apprentice in her father’s restoration studio, Alison Saar gained first hand knowledge of ancient Chinese, African, Egyptian, and pre Columbian objects. Her art reflects an assimilation of these varied sources. Tobacco Demon, otherwise known as an “agridemon,” symbolizes the depletion of the soil by plantation farming of cotton and tobacco as well as the painful history of slavery, which made these plantations possible. Tobacco Demon is based on the character of Baron Samedi, the ruler of zombies in Haitian Voudoun folklore. Saar dresses him in a tobacco leaf suit, symbolically linking the legacy of slavery with modern-day drug lords.

Credit

Purchase through funds provided by AT&T New Art/ New Visions and 20th-Century Art Acquisition Fund

Image Copyright

© Alison Saar