Kiki Smith

Fifteen years after the first collaboration, Kiki Smith was invited back to the studios of the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies. This second collaboration resulted in a new exploration of materials and imagery to create Esperanza, Good Day, and Goat Moths. Using holographic paper and mirrored mylar collage, Smith discovered a new way to interact with color and reflection in Esperanza, which means "hope" in Spanish. In Goat Moths, the artist revisits her fascination with moths and butterflies, classic symbols of metamorphosis and fragility.

"I found this anthropomorphizing of animals interesting: the human attributes we give to animals, and the animal attributes we take on as humans to construct our identity. I'm trying to think about this relationship between nature and human nature, their different objects." - Kiki Smith, 1998

The first project, Tidal, is a panorama depicting thirteen moons above the ocean. The photographs for the moons in Tidal were taken at Columbia's astronomical observatory and printed as photogravures on stiff paper. The luminescent ocean elements, derived from photographs taken at Coney Island, were printed with offset lithography on delicate, rippled Kizukishi paper. A related work, Moon Three is a photogravure triptych in which Smith's moon moves in and out of a rich, inky blackness. Companion is an accordion-fold book that extends into a procession of wolves and youthful girls, suggesting her familiar narrative of Little Red Riding Hood. The last page of each book holds a folded red hood printed on Kizukishi paper.

Smith is a prolific sculptor and printmaker. She was first recognized for her powerful portrayal of the visceral experiences of the human body. Although much of her earlier work employed the more traditional media of sculpture, such as bronze, she went onto use delicate materials like paper and wax, which are suggestive of the fragility and ephemerality of the body. Smith has received numerous awards, including the Skowhegan School of Art's Medal for Sculpture, membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Athena Award for Excellence in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited her work extensively throughout the United States and Europe. A major retrospective of Smith's work was organized by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and later traveled to the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2007. The Museum of Modern Art organized a notable retrospective of her prints and multiples in 2003. Smith's work is included in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Smith is represented by Pace Gallery and lives and works in New York.