Kiki SmithUntitled (Encryption) 1:5 2002

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Kiki Smith (born 1954)
Untitled (Encryption) 1:5
Date 2002
MediumPhoto-etching on paper
Dimensionsimage: 290 x 190 mm
Acquisition Presented by Universal Limited Art Editions and the artist in memory of Monique Beudert 2003
Not on display


Out of the Woods is a portfolio of five photogravure prints made by the artist at Universal Limited Art Editions, a fine art print workshop in New York. ULAE first invited Smith to make prints with them in 1989 after her early silkscreens were shown at the Brooklyn Museum. This series is one of several the artist has made experimenting with the sophisticated equipment available at ULAE. The portfolio was produced in an edition of forty-one; Tate’s copy is number thirty-eight.

The five prints depict the artist dressed as a witch. In a black cape, long skirt and heavy boots, she poses melodramatically against a dense black background. The images have been digitally modified, changing the relative size of parts of her body. The head is abnormally enlarged, while the hands are reduced. In addition, the artist’s body is truncated, making the figure appear dwarf-like. The digital manipulations give the prints a hallucinatory quality, enhanced by the density of the black tonality of the image. The photogravure technique enhances the deep blacks of the monochrome prints, giving them a rich velvety quality… (read more)

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