Kiki Smith is an American artist classified as a feminist artist. Her Body Art is imbued with political significance, undermining the traditional erotic representations of women by male artists, and often exposes the inner biological systems of females as a metaphor for hidden social issues. Her work also often includes the theme of birth and regeneration, sustenance, and frequently has Catholic allusions.
Smith began sculpting in the late 1970s. She is best known for her sculptures; however, she creates pieces in a variety of media. Her print collection is particularly extensive and began in the 1980s. Her notable sculptures are Mary Magdelene (1994), a sculpture made of silicon bronze and forged steel, and Standing (1998), featuring a female figure standing atop the trunk of a dead Eucalyptus tree.