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Mother

Modern and Contemporary Art

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Mother

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Kiki Smith
American, born Germany, 1954

Date

1992–1993

Medium

Glass, steel

Accession #

1993.111

Dimensions

installation size variable

Location

On View - Anne Cox Chambers Wing, Skyway, Gallery 422

Description

Although Kiki Smith’s oeuvre broaches an expansive array of subjects, her most resonant creative interest concerns the body in all its frailty and brutality. Using delicate materials such as wax, mud, and glass, Smith regards sculpture as a means of “describing our relationship with other people’s physicality.” In Mother she explores the primal relationship between mother and child. The feet in this work are casts of those of Smith’s mother. The large drops of glass scattered around them suggest tears shed over the emotions that exist at the core of mother-daughter relationships—attachment, rebellion, love, separation, and loss.

Credit

Purchase for the Elson Collection of Contemporary Glass