Portrait of a Model Child - Patricia Smith
Portrait of a Model Child

The print is divided into three main sections, the first one is a row of colored squares in the top ⅓ of the print that depicts wigs, a mask and children's shoes. The second is a large image in the middle of the print that depicts a young woman in a pink dress lying on what appears to be a living room or bedroom floor. The child is looking the viewer in the eye. The last section is another set of colored squares in the bottom ⅓ of the print, that features the same young woman lying in the center of the print, one of these girls is facing us and one is facing away. Much like Smith’s writings, there is a sinister undertone to this print. The gaze of the child and the objects depicted above her give the sense that all is not as it seems in this print.

From the Artist:

I address, courage, fear, confidence, and self-doubt in my drawings, prints and animations. The images are layered landscapes, strewn with obstacles. The work calls up the fear and the allure of the unknown, the possible consequences and potential rewards of navigating unfamiliar territory.



Artist Bio

Patricia Smith is a printmaker and book artist. She earned her BA from Immaculata University in Chester County, Pennsylvania; studied Japanese woodblock at the Yoshida Hanga Academy in Tokyo, Japan; and earned an MA from the Philadelphia College o...

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Portrait of a Model Child


Offset Lithograph




30" x 22"

Edition Size

100 prints in this edition


Robert Franklin


Brandywine Workshop and Archives


Philadelphia, PA