Most of Kiki Smith’s sculpture is figurative and implies a narrative. She creates a variety of work including drawings and prints but is most well-known for her sculpture. Works like Sleepwalker frequently focus on a stylized female figure engaged in slow-moving activity that seems to express a dream-like or visionary image. Although the dark, rich patina is not typical for the artist, it encourages the nocturnal theme of this sculpture.
Smith is the daughter of American sculptor Tony Smith, who helped influence her career by having her assist in making cardboard models for his geometric sculptures. His work is also included in the permanent collection.
Kiki Smith. Sleepwalker, 2002–2008. Bronze, 86 x 54 x 42.5 inches. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Kiki Smith.