Spirit Catcher, by Betye Saar, 1977

Betye Saar, Artist
Spirit Catcher , 1977

Mixed media
45 x 18 x 18 in. (114.3 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm)
Credit Line
Collection of Kyle McBain Leeser, Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of Roberts Projects, Culver City, California

Spirit Catcher is a mixed-media assemblage— created from bamboo, bones, feathers, shells, and wicker—that was inspired in part by Simon Rodia's Watts Towers. The artist's conceptual inspiration for this work also comes from her first visit to Africa as well as Tibetan spirit traps, which were blessed by shamans and placed on roofs to ward off evil spirits.