Kiki Smith: Prints, Books, and Things

MoMA Audio: Special Exhibitions

Kiki Smith. Untitled (Mouth). 1993

Multiple of cast patinated bronze
4 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 6 1/4" (11.4 x 12.1 x 15.9 cm)
Published and fabricator: Art Foundry Editions, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Edition: 10
Collection of the Artist, New York
©Kiki Smih Audio courtesy of Acoustiguide

NARRATOR: This patinated bronze sculpture, Untitled (Mouth), is what’s known as a “multiple.” It was made in an edition of ten.

WENDY WEITMAN: It's quite anatomically correct. Kiki Smith very much wanted to learn about the human body. And as an artist the way she learns about things is making them. Whether it's a sculpture or a print making an image of something is the way she as a person learns about them. So making an extraordinary cast of the inside of your mouth into an artwork that is quite as raw as that one. And it's pretty scary looking this thing and yet I think it's very, very beautiful.

NARRATOR: "Scary" and "beautiful" -- two qualities that exist together in much of Kiki Smith’s work.

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