from the exhibition Genevieve and the Wolves, Sainte Genevieve, 1999, ink on Nepal paper, 7 feet 8 1/4 inches
|My Blue Lake, 1995, color photogravure with a la poupée inking and lithograph in colors, 33.7 x 45.8 inches|
|Sojourn installation image at the Brooklyn Museum, 2010|
I got a great book for Christmas this year, Kiki Smith: Photographs.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition I Myself Have Seen It: Photography and Kiki Smith, March 6-August 15, 2010, at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle. Organized by Elizabeth A. Brown.
I've been following Kiki Smith's work for a long time. I remember one of the first exhibitions I saw of hers in the 1990's of black birds and bent over bodies hanging on the wall and scattered on the gallery floor. The psychological, emotional, and physical relationships she explores: self to nature, nature to animal, animal to human, and so on, mesmerize and enthrall me. She seems to be an artist who is so completely enveloped in her work, consistently working on numerous projects at once, in complete servitude and surrender to her art.
It both inspires and intimidates me. On Christmas Day I wrote in my journal,
Kiki Smith inspiration. I am not an artist/person who lets it all hang out. I am full of fear not vulnerability. I do not photograph myself naked or give myself tattoos. I am not fearless. I am covered. I want to break through like piercing the yolk of a poached egg. I want to completely dissolve and disappear into my absolute. I wonder if this is a thing everyone is even capable of. I'm starting to think this is the thing that makes great artists, and this is the thing I do not have.
|Ribs, 1987, terracotta, ink, and thread, 22 x 17 x 10 inches|
|Silver bird, 2006, ink on Nepal paper with silver gouache, mica, glitter, and graphite, 72 1/4 x 58 1/4 inches|
|Lilith, 1994, bronze, silicon, and glass|
|Fawn, 2000, Etching and aquatint, 22 1/2 x 31 1/4 inches|
|Daisy Chain, 1992, steel and bronze, chain 100 feet|
|Untitled (red man), 1991, ink on gampi paper in four parts|
|Rapture, 2001, bronze, 67 1/4 x 62 x 26 1/2 inches|
Touch, 2006, suite of 6 prints, aquatint, etching, and drypoint, 30 x 22 inches
Wolf Girl, 1999, etching and aquatint on paper, 8 x 11 inches
Jewel, 2004, suite of three prints, aquatint and etching, each 14 x 17 inches
Cat, 1999, cast porcelain, 3 x 3 x 3 inches
further looking and reading:
Shoshana Wayne Gallery