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December 8, 2016 12:30 p.m. 

Talk Title: "Fur, Feather, Claw, Copper: Touching Kiki Smith’s Animal Prints"

Speaker: Erin Sullivan Maynes, Hoehn Curatorial Fellow for Prints, University of San Diego

The artist Kiki Smith (b. 1954) is known for attentive depictions of human and animal bodies and for her sensitive and virtuosic use of materials.  Her characters are often lifted from fairytales but nevertheless feel palpably, vulnerably real. In Pool of Tears II (2000), the story of Alice in Wonderland takes a sinister turn as Alice wades through her own tears while pursued by a bestiary of familiar and fantastic animals. This lecture will explore how Smith uses the particular materials of intaglio printmaking--copper plates and drypoint needles, for example--to enhance her lifelike menagerie as well as evoke Lewis Carroll's original drawings.  It will also include a discussion of the mechanics of the printmaking processes Smith employs as well as a chance to see and touch these materials. For more information about the talk please click here. To learn more about the fall exhibition please click here.