2006 - metal: bronze
Nestled in the Water Garden amongst the mist and vegetation is a sculpture by Kiki Smith that is evocative of the artist’s personality and body of work. Cast in bronze and a fountain of sorts, the sculpture depicts a woman crouching—caught in a private moment. Upon discovering Smith’s sculpture the viewer may at first be taken aback by the nature of the moment—some will find the work humorous whereas others will call it scandalous. Whatever the viewer’s reaction to Smith’s sculpture, the work of art is in keeping with the artist’s mysterious sense of humor and artistic nuance. To quote Chuck Close, Smith’s “work is the epitome of innovation, invention, and unique personal vision,” and furthermore “always diverse…by turns magical, quirky, sexy, humorous, poignant, scatological and mesmerizing.” – Chuck Close, “Time 100: The People Who Shape Our World, Kiki Smith,” Time, 8 May 2006. Source: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1187302,00.html (14 July 2006).