Woven Tales

Kiki Smith's avatar Kiki Smith

Kiki Smith works at the scale of the tapestry, creating large collages on paper from cutout drawings, photolithographs, and various textural elements. The collages are sent to Magnolia Editions, photographed, printed at scale and sent back to Smith for more handwork and collaging; this cycle continues (often for months) until the design is ready to be translated into a digital weave file and sent to an electronic, double-headed Jacquard loom for proofing as a textile. "It's the way that I work. Making sculptures, too, I do the exact same thing: I make drawings, and from the drawings I make rubber stamps; from the rubber stamps I make impressions in clay, then waxes, and then sculptures. It's a transformation, moving from one way of generating an image to another, which makes a hybrid."

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: Jacquard tapestry
  • Width: 76 inches
  • Year created:
  • Height: 116 inches