Artist: Kiki Smith (American, born Nuremberg, 1954)
Medium: Iris print
Dimensions: Image: 15 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (40 x 45.1 cm)
Sheet: 19 15/16 x 21 5/8 in. (50.6 x 54.9 cm)
Credit Line: Stewart S. MacDermott Fund, 1999
Accession Number: 1999.64
Known for her varied and innovative use of materials, Smith has experimented extensively with computer scanned and ink-jet printed images. She created this lyrical yet slightly ominous image of a nest and trees by scanning photographs onto a computer, manipulating the image, composition, and color, and then printing it on an Iris printer (an ink-jet printer used for the production of fine art prints). Although less emotionally charged, her weblike design recalls Jackson Pollock's famous dripped and poured compositions of the early 1950s.