To coincide with her exhibition, I am a Wanderer, Kiki Smith generously donated 12 monoprints to Modern Art Oxford in support of our exhibition and education programmes.
Each work is catalogued as edition varié, a term used to describe original prints created from the same metal plate or matrix with varied colours or other elements. As a result, the images illustrated here are descriptive and aren’t fully representative of the individual monoprint available.
To produce the prints, Kiki initially makes a drawing which is then digitally scanned and processed in order to become a rubber stamp. The rubber stamp functions as a matrix which she paints with watercolour and stamps on Losin paper. After that, each print receives a different treatment all done by hand such as leafing, additional lines made with graphite pencil, coloured pencil and watercolour inclusions. More recently the artist has made some prints using digital printing technologies and her own body as a matrix as well. This process allows for different variations to occur and because of this, every print is unique.