Kiki Smith: 2013-2014 UNT Artist in Residence

Kiki Smith: 2013-2014 UNT Artist in Residence

A portrait of artist Kiki Smith.

A leading figure among artists addressing philosophical, social, and spiritual aspects of human nature, Kiki Smith is an artist of international prominence whose career has spanned over three decades, including since 1979, more than 150 solo exhibitions as well as numerous awards and inclusion of her works in prominent collections. Kiki Smith’s public commissions include Chorus, 2012, an installation at The Last Project Space, NYC; The East Window, 2010, a collaboration with Deborah Gans at Eldridge Street Synagogue, NYC; and Standing, 1998, an outdoor sculpture in the Stuart Collection at the University of California, San Diego.

About the Artist

The daughter of sculptor Tony Smith and opera singer Jane Lawrence Smith, Kiki Smith began sculpting in the 1970s. Since 1980, she has created artwork using a variety of other media. In addition to the 2012 Department of State Medal of the Arts Award, she has received several awards and honors. These include the 2005 Athena Award for Excellence in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and the 2009 Edward MacDowell Medal. She was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2005. Smith's work is represented by Pace Gallery, New York.

UNT Artist in Residence Work

Throughout her residencey, Smith will work with P.R.I.N.T. Press, collaborating with students and Master Printer and former Director of P.R.I.N.T Press, Catherine Chauvin, to produce hand-pulled fine art prints. During this time, UNT students will gain experience and receive professional training through their involvement in the creative process.

Exhibition

Kiki Smith: Transformations

Jan 29-Feb 27

UNT on the Square

Printmaking methods inform Kiki Smith’s process of repetition and renewal of ideas and images in multiple forms. The act and effect of layering and of transforming one form into another guide the overarching spirit and impetus of the artist’s work. Transformations will include five large tapestries, woven at Magnolia Editions, as well as the work that has preceded and surrounding their production process. 

Smith’s tapestries are the result of a journey from disparate drawings to prints to printed collage to digital prints with over painting, weaving, and reweaving. Of this work, Kiki Smith states, “how imperative it is at this moment to celebrate and honor the wondrous and precarious nature of being here on earth (Nick Stone, Magnolia Editions, magnoliaeditions.com)."

Opening Reception: Jan 30, 7-9 pm

Artist Talk: Jan 29, 7pm, Eagle Student Services Center 255