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Kiki Smith

Puppet

1993-94

Artist

Kiki Smith (1954-)

Title

Puppet

Date

1993-94

Medium

Photogravure, aquatint, etching, and collage

Dimensions

Sheet (irregular): 58 × 30 5/16 in. (147.3 × 77 cm) Image (irregular): 54 1/8 × 25 7/8 in. (137.5 × 65.7 cm)

Edition information

PP 1/5 | Edition of 35

Publication information

Printed and published by Universal Limited Art Editions, Inc.

Credit line

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from the Print Committee

Accession number

2004.26

Object Label

Kiki Smith often uses elements of self-portraiture in her work, particularly in her prints. In the early 1980s, she asked artist David Wojnarowicz to photograph her in various poses, some of which were based on songs that she had written. Almost ten years later, Smith incorporated many of these photographs into the collage, Puppet. This composite also includes a photograph of the artist’s niece and etchings based on reproductions in a Dutch magazine article about nudist camps. Photography, drawing, and printmaking are interrelated in Puppet, as they are in other works by the artist. Smith is fluent in many media, and it often appears that her involvement with one material inspires or leads her to another.