Kiki Smith: Prints, Books, and Things

Photogravure, etching, and sanding on handmade Japanese paper, folded and mounted into cardboard folder  
 Plate: 27 3/16 x 35 1/2" (69 x 90.2 cm)  
 Sheet (unfolded): 33 1/2 x 42 1/16" (85 x 106.8 cm)  
 Folder (closed): 9 1/8 x 5 3/4" (23.2 x 14.6 cm)  
 Publisher and printer: Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip,New York  
 Edition: 40  
 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Emily Fisher Landau, 1995  
 ©Kiki Smith

Kiki Smith. Free Fall. 1994

Photogravure, etching, and sanding, plate: 27 3/16 x 35 1/2" (69 x 90.2 cm); sheet (unfolded): 33 7/16 x 42 1/16" (85 x 106.8 cm). Gift of Emily Fisher Landau. © 2018 Kiki Smith

NARRATOR: Notice the folds in Free Fall. When stored, this print is folded, just like the cardboard-covered road maps many of us take on trips. Curator Wendy Weitman says that the process of unfolding the work is an experience in itself.

WENDY WEITMAN: What I find so remarkable is the format that as you unfold this piece and it gets more and more awkward and ungainly. You always think that it's going to fall. And the actual artwork enhances the sense of free fall that she's depicting. Of course the position that she puts herself in and the way the hair is treated, the tendrils of the hair make one think of the title Free Fall, which is what she is trying to depict here.

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