Still Ticking


Made shortly before Saar’s seventy-eighth birthday, this assemblage includes years and astrological glyphs on the inner left side that correlate to important dates in her life. The work’s title wittily refers to the timepieces in the sculpture—which, of course, are not ticking; indeed, they are either frozen in time or missing their hands. It also alludes to the artist herself, who is still making art well into her nineties.

Betye Saar
Still Ticking, 2005
Clocks, wood, paint, and white chalk
Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. © Betye Saar.
Brian Forrest

Audio: The Hammer Museum