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Maiden & Moonflower

  • Object:

    Wallpaper

  • Date:

    ca. 2008 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, Kiki (designer)
    Studio Printworks (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour surface print on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Studio Printworks

  • Museum number:

    E.594-2009

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    Kiki Smith (born USA) is an internationally renowned sculptor and innovative printmaker. Smith recently produced a wallpaper (with Studio Printworks, New Jersey) for an exhibition, Her Home at Museum Haus Esters, Krefeld, Germany in 2008 and this paper is now available commercially.

    Smith has often explored story-telling, connecting with nostalgia for childhood and reinventing myths and folk tales from a feminine perspective. In Maiden & Moonflower, a doll-like woman stands beneath a gnarled leafless tree populated with owls and moths, and surrounded by a scattering of stars. The naïve drawing and the disregard for perspective and scale are reminiscent of early woodcut illustrations, and the colourways – including Winterfrost, Moth, Dawn, Twilight – evoke a world of magic.

  • Physical description

    Pattern of tree branches and small female figures, with owls, moth etc against a starry sky. On a pale turquoise-blue ground.

  • Marks and inscriptions

    "Maiden & Moonflower" Kiki Smith [signature in facsimile] for STUDIO PRINTWORKS ©MMVIII www.studioprintworks.com
    Printed in selvedge

  • Dimensions

    Width: 76.5 cm

  • Descriptive line

    Portion of 'Maiden & Moonflower' wallpaper designed by Kiki Smith and produced by Studio Printworks

  • Collection code

    Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection