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Mortal

© Kiki Smith

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© Kiki Smith

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© Kiki Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Kiki Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Kiki Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Kiki Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Kiki Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Kiki Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Kiki Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Kiki Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Kiki Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Kiki Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Kiki Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Kiki Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© Kiki Smith

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Kiki Smith

American, born Germany, 1954

Mortal, 2007

portfolio of twelve woodcuts

Edition: 6/13

each (sheet): 22 3/4 x 28 1/2 inches (57.78 x 72.39 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Elisabeth H. Gates Fund, by exchange and Charles W. Goodyear Fund, by exchange, 2010

P2010:14a-l

More Details

Inscriptions

edition notation / front, bottom left / 6/13
signature, dated / front, bottom right / Kiki Smith 2007

Provenance

October 5, 2010, purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Class

Prints (visual works)

Work Type

Woodcut (print)
Portfolio (group of works)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

Kiki Smith’s work often explores mortality, bodily dissolution, and decay. Mortal is a series of twelve woodcut etchings recording the end of her mother’s life. The work's raw edginess recalls the numerous woodcut prints created by artists associated with German Expressionism in the first half of the twentieth century. Smith, however, has imbued her images with a delicacy that pays tribute to grief and the act of dying. The figure emerges as a negative image in fine lines from a dark ground that seems to reflect the frailty of human life in its final stages.

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