A Handful of Stars, 2016


Bronze with patina and walnut base

8.38 x 3.75 x 5.00 in

21.3 x 9.5 x 12.7 cm

Edition of 18

This work is signed and numbered on the base.


    About The Work

    Betye Saar’s edition A Handful of Stars consists of a solid bronze sculpture created from a mold of her hand, presented on a walnut base. This edition was conceived to honor her 90th birthday and the retrospective exhibition, “Betye Saar: Still Tickin’,”organized at Museum Het Domein Sittard in the Netherlands, in partnership with Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. 

    A Handful of Stars is cast from Saar’s left hand. The embellishments on this edition were selected from Saar’s collection of found objects she keeps meticulously organized in her Laurel Canyon studio. Nine stars are spread across the palm and fingers like a constellation of her life. The sun at the center of her hand suggests creativity and brings to mind her ninety solar returns. An all-seeing eye rests at the pulse line as if guiding every action the hand takes. Saar chose the cerulean blue patina to reference the heavens. The rings, however, are personal items Saar wears daily. The traditional Claddagh ring acknowledges her Irish grandmother while also signifying love, loyalty, and friendship. Two South African gold rings honor her African American grandmother. The bracelet is a favorite of Saar’s. These totems and their placement are the sum of the depth and complexity of a lifetime.

    Courtesy of The Lapis Press

    About Betye Saar

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