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Kiki Smith exhibits work created at Stamps School Residency

By Truly Render

Kiki Smith makes plates for the prints of "Autumn Two and Four, Autumn Two and Five, and Autumn Five" in the Stamps Print Studio in October 2017.
A set of Kiki Smith etchings entitled Autumn Two and Four, Autumn Two and Five, and Autumn Five—created as part of Smith’s week-long residency at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan in October 2017—are part of the current exhibition Kiki Smith: Frequency, on view at the Krakow Witkin Gallery in Boston through June 16, 2018. During her 4-day residency, Smith worked with Professor and printmaker Endi Poskovic and Stamps students to create these original etchings in the Print Media studio at the Stamps School. Additionally, Kiki Smith delivered a public lecture as part of the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. On her visit, Poskovic  stated: “It was remarkable how Kiki opened up here, without too much fuss, not turning her visit into a spectacle yet welcoming every student and faculty who simply wanted to greet her.” According to Poskovic, on Smith’s arrival to Ann Arbor, the first thing she requested was that he take her to a grocery store to purchase some walnuts, corn, vegetables to draw from direct observation.
"I think she just felt comfortable being in our studio, working with me, our 2D coordinator Nick Dowgwillo, and the students," said Poskovic. "That experience of feeling welcomed and accepted resonated with her beyond the conventional wisdom and for the students afforded a window into realities not normally accessible to many." Learn more about Kiki Smith's Stamps School residency in this video and watch Kiki Smith's full Penny Stamps Speaker Series talk.

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