Artist: Kiki Smith
This is a sculpture by Kiki Smith called Born. She is known for creating shocking and provocative art, and this sculpture demonstrates the reasons for this reputation. In this work, a small deer gives birth to a mature, life-sized woman. I find the idealized forms modeled in the classical bronze to be ironic. Smith uses the traditional style and material of sculpture to depict extremely untraditional subject matter. In some cultures, the deer is symbolic of renewal or rebirth. Smith reveals nature and the connection between humans and animals.