Kiki Smith, Coming Forth, 2008.
For example, there’s a picture here called Coming Forth (2008) and despite knowing your work extremely well, I really wonder what’s going on in it. A young, sexy woman seems to be emerging out of the body of an older woman …
I hadn’t thought about her being sexy! She’s just supposed to be a young woman, or a young girl, about eighteen years old. I didn’t really sexualize her. That must be in your mind! I meant this as a kind of birth image. People might take it some other way, but in my mind it’s a birth image: the younger coming out of the older.