What is this?
A lone female figure stands beneath a tree bough, surrounded by a star-filled sky. This scene alternates with one very similar where the woman is holding a parasol. Creatures of the night, including moths and owls, are seen perched in the tree and in flight. Printed in dark sepia on a medium blue ground.
Why is this in our collection?
Maiden & Moonflower is wallpaper designed by the artist Kiki Smith. The paper was originally created for an exhibition of Smith’s work at the Museum Haus Esters in Germany in 2008, and has since gone into commercial production. The scene depicts a star-filled sky surrounding a woman standing beneath a tree bough. It addresses the spiritual and eternal aspects of human nature and speaks to our connection to nature during our solitary journey. Kiki Smith was born in Germany but has been active in New York for many years. Her body of work incorporates many different media, including sculpture, printmaking, photography, and drawing. Although she is better known for her sculpture, printmaking has been of equal... more