This large diptych portrays two similar images of a fallow doe, with subtle variations in posture and colour saturation of the reddish-maroon background. Delicately rendered on paper, the pale ink outlines the doe's form to convey her nervous energy, the vulnerability of preyed upon species. Executed in 1996, there are subtle references to tapestry and related medieval folk tales with their awareness of the nexus between spiritual and environmental concerns. Kiki Smith's an internationally celebrated artist with her multidisciplinary pratice currently based in New York.
The auction is online for one week and the modest estimate will be attractive to new collectors (US $7,000-9,000).
Price realised at auction: US $43,750