white suede-covered book with accordion-folded pages; text and images in black and red of nude women being bitten and attacked by large carnivorous cats and wolves; tan clamshell storage box

© 2010 Kiki Smith

The Animal is in the World Like Water in Water, 2010

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The Animal is in the World Like Water in Water is a collaboration between Kiki Smith and American poet and author Leslie Scalapino. Smith executed a series of 43 pen and ink drawings for the project, which were reproduced and published as digital prints, each individually hand-colored by the artist. All of the drawings depict scenes of a woman/girl being attacked by a wild animal. Yet, the "attack" is emotionless, without fear or horror. Responding to Smith's illustrations, Scalapino composed a sequence of poems, each corresponding to a particular image. Scalapino intended that the two "realities" of illustrations and text be experienced simultaneously; yet maintain their separate identity. The dreamlike symbolism of Smith's illustrations, coupled with Scalapino's metaphorical use of language and unconventional spatial layout, may evoke in the reader a deeply moving, almost spiritual response.

Details
Title
The Animal is in the World Like Water in Water
Artist Life
American, born Germany, 1954
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2010.14
Provenance
Granary Books, New York City (publisher); sold to MIA, 2010.
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white suede-covered book with accordion-folded pages; text and images in black and red of nude women being bitten and attacked by large carnivorous cats and wolves; tan clamshell storage box

© 2010 Kiki Smith

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