Kiki Smith

b. 1954

Born in Nuremberg, Germany; lives New York City, New York.

Kiki Smith is one of the most important and widely recognized artists working in the United States today. Rooted in feminism, her drawings, sculptures, and prints resonate with emotional intensity. Body parts and processes often appear in her work as metaphors for social concerns; animals and birds are also part of the lexicon. In the Tamarind lithographs, Smith portrays her own hand holding the birds, as a eulogy to her deceased sister, while the robin in Afternoon, literally glistening in the
spring sunshine, represents new life in keeping with her recurrent theme of resurrection. Smith has received numerous awards and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2005. Her work has been shown in and collected by major museums around the world.