Artist: Kiki Smith
Title of Work: Litter (Fireplace Editions)
Plate Dimensions: 22″ x 30″
Material: Lithograph in 4 colors with gilding on Arches Cover White paper
Photo Line: © Kiki Smith/ Universal Limited Art Editions, 1999.
Collection Credit: Courtesy Universal Limited Art Editions
This richly textured image calls to mind traditional notions of maternity. Staring out at the viewer, the mother cat demonstrates an awareness of her new role. She feeds a litter of kittens, who almost disappear within the mass of fur. The mother cat must be a passive figure: acting as a vessel for her children, she has no occupation other than promoting the health of her litter. The blue background may be a reference to the Virgin Mary, another famous vessel, who is traditionally shown wearing blue. Catholicism is another prominent theme in Smith’s work.
–Sophia Yablon ’12, Gund Gallery Associate