Saar drew inspiration for this print from the similarly titled Victoria Spivey song “Black Snake Blues.” This song was covered by musician Blind Lemon Jefferson and re-titled to “Black Snake Moan.”
Here the woman is in a night scene, yearning for her lover. It is unclear if the snake has replaced the woman’s lover, or removed him. Regardless of the two subjects' relationships, the print carries a strong feeling of sexuality and desire.
From the Artist:
“This piece was inspired by the old blues standard, 'Black Snake in my Bed.' It depicts a woman in bed, longing for her lover.”
Alison Saar is a printmaker, sculptor, and mixed-media artist born in Los Angeles, CA. She earned a dual degree in art history and studio art from Scripps College, Claremont, CA, and an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. Her wor...Read More ⟶