Twyla Shelmire from Whitewall Magazine sits down with Mad. Sq. Art’s latest artist Alison Saar to discuss her newest installation “Feallan and Fallow”.
“Alison Saar: Feallan and Fallow” by Twyla Shelmire
October 17, 2011
Alison Saar’s installation, “Feallan and Fallow” may be seen daily in Madison Square Park now through December 31. Four new works, commissioned by the Mad. Sq. Art Program are on display along with two of Saar’s earlier sculptures, “Treesouls” (1994). The new commission represents the four seasons as women evolving through different stages of their life – spring as an adolescent girl, summer as a pregnant woman, fall as a woman in harvest, and winter as a woman resting and renewing herself. “Feallan and Fallow” was inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Persephone, a young goddess abducted by Hades, God of the Underworld. This tale that removes daughter from mother consequently creates the cycle of seasons. Saar answered a few of our questions this fall about her installation, unearthing the personal experience behind the works as well as intrigue of the public realm.