Personal Curiosity: A Conversation with Kiki Smith
by Joyce Beckenstein
Kiki Smith’s pencil hardly leaves the paper as she simultaneously answers questions, responds to a stream of assistants, and decides what to have for lunch. Scratch, scratch, scratch…the crisp sound of sharp lines filling
in the hairs of a large fox permeates her sun-drenched Lower East Side New York studio. This rhythmic beat, which sets the haphazard and serendipitous into meaningful motion, is much like her life-long journey through art—an atonal call and response between creative intuition and resourceful invention. Smith, who was awarded the International Sculpture Center’s Lifetime Achievement Award this year, occupies a special place in the history of American feminist art. From early works dealing with bodily functions, AIDS, race, gender, and mythic iconography to more recent works dealing with transcendent images of woman as an emanation of nature and the cosmos, Smith has proven herself to be an artist who defies easy categorization....see the entire article in the print version of March's Sculpture magazine.