Kiki Smith was born in 1954 in Nuremberg, Germany. She spent much of her childhood growing up in New Jersey amongst a very religious household. With the influence of her up bringing, she has been come to known as a storyteller. Much of her pieces are about life, death, and resurrection. In the 1980's, she created sculptures and prints based on organs, cells, and the human nervous system. Later, her worked evolved into illustrating/portraying mythology and folk lore. She has won several awards such as the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture in 2000, the Athena Award for Excellence in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005, and also the 50th Edward Macdowell Medal in 2009. Today, her work is found in many museums.