Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Artist As Muse II

As the second installment in the series ‘Artist as Muse’, the American feminist artist Kiki Smith was photographed by Erik Madigan Heck (who I have a great picture of wearing a boob hat at Mexico City, coincidentally..) in her New York studio. As a key figure in the rise of feminist art in the US since the 1970s, Smith’s sculptural and illustration work is imbued with cultural & political significance – echoing deep social commentaries on the subjects of AIDS, gender inequality & the Catholic religion.

Shot in the intimacy of Kiki’s studio and the overgrown surrounds of her terrace garden, Heck captures a rare insight into her personal environment – where found objects & archival works create a haunting serenity.

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