Kiki Smith, and Art and the Afterlife at the Brooklyn Museumhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/museums/brooklyn-museum%E2%80%94sojourns-and-deaths-splendors/798/
The thrust of Smith’s installation is a series of drawings on crinkly, delicate, ecru Nepal paper, often pieced to form larger areas, and hung in two long galleries divided into chambers. Ink, pencil and glitter drawings of solo or grouped women (in various states of contemporary, casual dress) predominate, plus recurring imagery of birds, chairs, and clouds of sticks resembling nests either clustered in a lattice or dispersing. Charmingly rough-hewn sculptures of these objects are situated or hung throughout, plus a series of flowers painted on mirror. In the final chamber sits a coffin holding glass flowers, surrounded by literal and figuratively dark works on paper, a resounding parallel to Punderson’s early composition.