^Kiki Smith: Deer Things 2006-2008 via^
Drawing is a primary tool for me. I use it like I use words, to sort things out, but for different sorts of problems. I use it like stretching out my neck at the end of a long day. I use it like dancing. An internal movement, translated roughly, speaks through the limbs, and extends through the drawn line. An internal abstraction is lengthened out through symbol. A picture says, “Aha!” and an itch is scratched. It’s not always drawing that answers. Sometimes it’s a sound, and sometimes a group of ordinary objects. Often, it is made by another person. “Aha!”
Tomorrow, I’m going to see Kiki Smith speak. Her drawings are scratchy-patched-together things… elegantly awkward, animistic, wrinkled and honed.