edition 27/33; Printed from two copper plates with two colors on handmade Japanese Echizen Kouzo-Kizuki paper; printed by Hitoshi Kido, John Lund, and Craig Zammiello; Published by Universal Limited Art Editions, Inc., West Islip, NY.
Kiki Smith's career could be described as an unorthodox dialogue with the human body. She views the body as a site of pain and pleasure - both physically and emotionally - and sees it as a metaphor for the human condition and an essential vehicle for expression. Smith's work straddles the boundary between the poignantly beautiful and defiantly graphic. She rejects the Classical Greek aesthetic ideal, while celebrating those parts of the human form - both visible and invisible - that are commonly viewed as unpleasant, even repulsive. Her work is grounded in oppositions that engage and challenge the viewer - it is both delicate and visceral, inviting and confrontational.
In 1993, Smith produced a series of prints at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), a printmaking atelier on Long Island, in which she utilized images of her internal organs in a group of self portraits. In this etching, Smith renders the digestive system, transforming it into an abstract form whose sinuous rhythms transcend any specific function and elicit great spiritual resonance.
abstract; biology; self-portraits
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