Kiki Smith found new ways to explore the social, cultural and political roles of women through figurative art, becoming known for her visceral and disturbing artworks depicting the human body in detail. Smith often worked from themes of women in mythology, folklore and Catholic religion. The animals that accompany the women figures in many of her works depict the different personalities that women are given in these tales, raising the woman out of the wolf, bird, or butterfly. These can be beautiful and serene, but also depict the feral and animalistic nature that women can hold. Smith is a multi-media artist and works with books, painting, sculpture, prints and collaborations.