Kiki Smith has been known since the 1980s for her multidisciplinary practice relating to the human condition and the natural world. She uses a broad variety of materials to continuously expand and evolve a body of work that includes sculpture, printmaking, photography, drawing, and textiles.
The artist is the subject of a double exhibition at Modern Art Oxford and La Monnaie de Paris. Smith’s symbolism originates from her childhood memories, Perrault and the Grimm brothers’ fairy tales, and the work she carried for her father Tony Smith.
Her early small sculptures tackle bodily taboos such as decay, intimacy, mortality and physical pain. Smith explains that she chose the human body as a subject because ‘it is the one form we all share’ and there is a poignant universality of experience in these sculptures of the human form fashioned from bronze, porcelain and crystal amongst many other materials.
Modern Art Oxford’s exhibition runs until 19th January 2020 and La Monnaie de Paris until 9 February 2020.