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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
Paint on pressboard
33.5 x 23.75 inches
Collection of
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco museum purchase American Art Trust Fund and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

The female figure in this piece holds her arms in an encircling embrace, perhaps signifying the artist’s welcoming nature. The thick white stripes that delineate the body recall the fences surrounding Smith’s property, which she build herself from whitewashed strips of corrugated tin. —Lauren Palmor