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Self-Portrait without Skin

1997 Kim Eric Lilot Born: San Francisco, California 1950 14k gold, platinum, and rubellite tourmaline cabochon 7/8 x 1 1/2 x 1 in. (2.2 x 3.8 x 2.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Ann D. Cousins 1998.80 Not currently on view

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While many people are afraid of death, Kim Eric Lilot sees it as an inspiration and a necessary part of the life cycle. He turns the fear of death into a celebration of life and diversity. In Self-Portrait without Skin, Lilot’s laughing skull “looks” at life through rose- colored glasses.


Figure - fragment - hand

Figure - fragment - skull

Portrait male - Lilot, Kim Eric - self-portrait

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

metal - platinum

stone - tourmaline