Friday, June 19, 2009

Saint Genevieve Series

Kiki Smith used the idea of Saint Genevieve to produce a whole series of woman and wolf prints. She portrays Genevieve being born of the wolf, taking shelter with the wolf and here it appears the wolf is attacking Saint Genevieve. "Wearing the Skin" and "Rapture" are the titles of two others in the series.
What exactly is Kiki Smith saying? Little Red Riding Hood has been suggested, a tale about gender anxiety, violence and sexuality.
Personally, I like the sculpture of Rapture she made a few years later, in 2001, shown here.

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