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Bandage Girl

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Bandage Girl

Artist: Kiki Smith (American, born 1954)
Date: 2002
Medium: Bronze with silver nitrate patina
Dimensions:
Overall: 28 x 14 x 18 in. (71.1 x 35.6 x 45.7 cm.)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds from the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 2003.3
Accession number: 2003.3
Classification: sculpture
Label TextKiki Smith is known for sculptures which present the human form in an elemental manner, with a focus on the female body. In this work, the textured patina that covers the bronze mirrors the bandages that cover the girl and seem to be incorporated into her skin. The bent posture of the girl and the work’s small size add the sculpture’s tone of vulnerability.
Kiki Smith is internationally acclaimed for her prints and sculptures representing the human form and its basic functions, particularly the female body. Through sculpture, prints, and drawings she has investigated the natural world, partially in response to her own menagerie of cats and birds. The Art Center has several major prints by Smith; Bandage Girl marks the first sculpture in the Permanent Collections. It is a bronze sculpture, which is one of the three unique forms in the edition. Bandage Girl depicts a young female partially wrapped in gauzes that appear to be deteriorating, exposing her body. The artist suggests that this work functions as a memorial to poor or needy children. Source: NEWS July August September 2003
Published ReferencesSiri Engberg "Kiki Smith: A Gathering 1980-2005", Walker Art Center, 2005, color ill. pg. 129
Editioncast 2 of 3
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