Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Kiki Smith "Born"
This sculpture was done by Kiki Smith in 2002 and is made of bronze. Kiki Smith says, "I always liked the idea of making things that are really open, that everybody can come to with their own ideas and responses.” Here, a relatively small deer, which does not look the least bit concerned, gives birth to a fully grown woman. The combination of woman and deer, along with the idealized, classical style of both figures, evokes Diana, the ancient Roman goddess of the hunt, who is often depicted accompanied by a deer. Deer also feature prominently in the spiritual beliefs of a number of Native American cultures, reflecting the importance of our ties to the natural world. I like Kiki Smith's idea behind this sculpture, I think it's kinda of strange how the deer is giving birth to a human being though.