Kiki Smith

Information about Sooner

Kiki Smith

About the artwork

Kiki Smith
Sooner, 2018
Line engraving and aquatint on 300 g mould-made Hahnemühle paper
Each sheet collaged with palladium leaf, hand-coloured, numbered and signed
Print Size: 47 x 38.3 cm;
Image Size: 30 x 22.4 cm, in folder
Edition of 45 + 6 AP + 3 PP
Price: 1. 800,- € (incl. VAT, shipping extra)
(available as a special edition from Haus der Kunst: No. 1/45 – No. 30/45)

American artist Kiki Smith’s work engages with the political and
social, philosophical and spiritual aspects of human nature. Along with
sculpture, drawings and prints are her preferred media. Since the early
1990s she has moved beyond investigations of the body to address
perception of nature, the environment and the cosmos. Animals have
become a central motif in Kiki Smith’s oeuvre: with close links to
humans in the role of companions, at the same time habitat loss poses a
threat to their survival. Reflecting this, the animal kingdom is always
a realm of both life and death in Kiki Smith’s work. Birds are one of the motifs she favours: in the form of sculptures in various materials, or wonderful drawings—partly inspired by studies in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History—, in Jacquard tapestries or installations. Kiki Smith has created a plethora of monuments to dead birds (Destruction of Birds, 1997; Untitled (Jersey Crows), 1995) and countless images of worms, for example against a backdrop of red hand-made paper.

The rather serene image in the edition the artist has made for Haus der
Kunst in the context of her Procession exhibition depicts a bird with
its prey of worms dangling from its beak. The concise title, Sooner,
could have a slightly macabre twist, playfully referencing the
 expression “sooner or later”, alluding, in the fatalistic sense of
something that “will inevitably happen”, to death, and the cycle of
nature. At the same time, it conjures up associations with the proverb:
“The early bird catches the worm.”

The edition is being produced by Thomas Sebening and Katharina Ulke. Each print in the edition is individually finished,
hand-coloured and adorned with silvery palladium leaf by the artist in
the elaborate production process for these high-quality prints on
handmade paper.  Kiki Smith prepared the drawing for the etching plate
in her studio in New York and reworked it for printing in Munich during
installation of her exhibition at Haus der Kunst.

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