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Kiki Smith: The Fabric Workshop | "Exclusive" | Art21


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Filmed in 2002, Kiki Smith discusses the housewares and other everyday objects that she created for "Homework", her solo exhibition at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Smith is constantly making jewelry, drawings, and sculptures at her Manhattan home, and brought a long list of potential projects to the Fabric Workshop where she was an artist-in-residence. With the help of their expert technicians and expansive facilities, she transformed her ideas into new objects, including a reversible doll, decorative wallpaper, and a woven blanket.

Kiki Smith's work explores the body as a receptacle for knowledge, belief, and storytelling. Her sculptures, drawings, and prints are often meditations on mortality, incorporating animals, domestic objects, and narrative tropes from classical mythology and folktales.

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CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Eve Moros Ortega. Camera: Tom Hurwitz & Ken Kobland. Sound: Bill Wander. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Kiki Smith & The Fabric Workshop & Museum. Theme Music: Peter Foley.

"Exclusive" is supported, in part, by by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; 21c Museum Hotel, and by individual contributors.