Kiki Smith. Pietà. 1999

Kiki Smith Pietà 1999

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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
Ink on paper
92 x 151 1/2" (233.7 x 384.8 cm)
Gift of Susan and Lewis Manilow
Object number
© 2018 Kiki Smith
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