Kiki Smith. Pietà. 1999

Kiki Smith

Pietà

1999

Medium
Ink on paper
Dimensions
92 x 151 1/2" (233.7 x 384.8 cm)
Credit
Gift of Susan and Lewis Manilow
Object number
511.2004
Copyright
© 2017 Kiki Smith
Department
Drawings and Prints
This work is not on view.
Kiki Smith has 112 works  online.
There are 14,978 drawings online.

Smith began her work focusing on the human body and later added animal life as a subject. Birds, deer, mice, and, here, a cat have become symbols of the ties between the human and natural worlds. Here the use of translucent handmade paper suggests both the fragility of life and a sense of spirituality; the figures (repeated self–portraits) hold a beloved pet that has died.

Gallery label from Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now, November 21, 2007-July 28, 2008

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