Kiki Smith has long explored the physical and psychological aspects of female embodiment within a feminist context, as well as the spectrum of symbolic, spiritual, and intertwined tangible relationships between animals and humans. Juxtaposing closely cropped images of her body in aggressive, animalistic stances, this self-portrait of Smith is confrontational in its frank depiction of body and soul, as suggested by the title: las animas is Spanish for “the souls.”
Photogravure on paper
60 1/8 x 49 1/4 in. (152.7 x 125.1 cm) (show scale)
Signed lower right in graphite: "Kiki Smith"
Emily Winthrop Miles Fund
1997, purchased from Pace Prints by the Brooklyn Museum.
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Kiki Smith (American, born Germany, 1954). Las Animas, 1997. Photogravure on paper, 60 1/8 x 49 1/4 in. (152.7 x 125.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Emily Winthrop Miles Fund, 1997.154. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1997.154_PS20.jpg)
overall, 1997.154_PS20.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2023
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