Black Snake Blues - Alison Saar (NEW)
Black Snake Blues
About the Work

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
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

The title of this piece is taken from the song “Black Snake Blues,” first recorded by Victoria Spivey in 1926 and better known by Blind Lemon Jefferson’s 1927 version, “Black Snake Moan.”

Here the woman is in a bedroom scene, yearning for her lover. It is unclear if the snake has replaced the woman’s lover, or removed him. The position that she is laying suggests she is reminiscing on past relationships that contained intimacy and comfort. Regardless of the two subjects' relationships, the print carries a strong feeling of sexuality and desire.
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

About the Artist

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.
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Black Snake Blues

Alison Saar

African American

Offset Lithograph




22" x 30"

Edition Size

70 prints in this edition


Jim "BJ" Hughes


Brandywine Workshop and Archives


Philadelphia, PA