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Maker(s):Smith, Kiki; Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, New York (publisher and printer)
Culture:American, born Germany (1954-)
Date Made:1998
Type:Artist's Book; Print
Materials:Accordion-fold book with photogravure, offset lithography, and silk screen on Hahnemüehle Bright White Cover and Kizukishi Natural paper in a cloth-covered box
Place Made:New York State: Manhattan
Measurements:Overall: 19 1/2 x 126 1/4 in; 49.5 x 320.7 cm; Each Sheet: 10 1/4 x 9 11/16 in; 26 x 24.6 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE/DATE: recto, box, ctr. (silk screen in black ink): Ki Ki Smith / 1998; TITLE: recto, box, upp. ctr. (silk screen in black ink): "I see the moon and the moon sees me"EDITION/SIGNATURE/DATE: recto, collophon, lwr. r. (graphite): 19/39 / KiKi Smith 1998;
Accession Number:  UM 2022.10
Credit Line:Purchased with funds from the Lois B. Torf (Class of 1946) Collecting Fund and selected for public vote by Fall 2022 UMass Collecting 101 students: Maggie Carroll, Lexie Jacob-Valencia, Evelyn Lee, Shay Leftridge, Anais Prat, Katie Robertson, Micah Schmerling, Dani Schneider, Karalyn Sims, Chelsea Staub, Ari Whittum, Clara Witty, and Mary Zeng.
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst
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Accordion-fold book in 13 sections. The top half of each section depicts a photographic moon view printed on paper. Attached to the lower half and printed on Japanese tissue paper is a panoramic view of a beach and sea with shimmering waves.

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"Tidal" is an accordion book showing 13 full moons in a year. Beneath and attached to it, is an undulating piece of paper printed with panoramic photographs of ocean waves, pulled by lunar gravity. Smith produced the piece in the printmaking workshop at Columbia University, enlisting the university's telescope to take photographs of the moon.
Throughout her expansive interdisciplinary practice, Kiki Smith considers elemental forces such as sex, death, regeneration, and the natural world. Her practice has encompassed printmaking, photography, drawing, textile, stained glass, and sculpture. Over the years, Smith’s motifs have included animals, female figures, and celestial bodies. In this work, Kiki Smith explores the natural world on a cosmic scale while also referring to the cycles of the female body. "Tidal" is almost cinematic in its progression of frames, and an example of the artist’s sensitivity to and love of paper.

beaches; black and white; books; coastlines; cosmos; horizon line; landscapes; moons; nature; night; photography; seas; water; women artists

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