I've been needing a little inspiration lately, some different ideas to jolt me out of my comfort zone. Whenever I feel this way, I often return to Kiki Smith's works.
|From Kiki Smith: A Gathering. Walker Art Center|
My name growing up was Kiki, even my parents used it. And when I married, I took my husband's last name, Clark. One day, this young artist (oh my, was I young when I married) came across the name Kiki Smith. I wondered what kind of art Kiki Smith made compared to Kiki Clark's. I was in for a surprise.
|Prints by Kiki Smith. Image from mintdesignblog.com|
|Constellation, 2000. Mass MOCA|
Fast forward ten years long after I'd lost my nickname. In the late 90's, Sotheby's auctions were online and my office was one of the few with high speed internet. I scored this lovely piece for a song ...
|Silent Work, 1992. Silkscreen with rubber ink stamp, and candle. 19" x 29" Image from moma.org|
MOMA even has a later edition than mine (ha, take that moma!). I look at this every day with awe. This is the image that seemed to resonate with me the most today was the pojagi inspired website MOMA created for her 2003 show. Of course I love the design. It provides the perfect balance for her free spirited work. Hmmmm.