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Smulovitz Lip Liners
sterling silver
U.S. Design Patent No. D507,074 for "LIP LINER", USA
2003
Smulovitz Lip Liner
sterling silver
U.S. Design Patent No. D507,074 for "LIP LINER", USA
2003
Smulovitz Lip Liner
sterling silver
U.S. Design Patent No. D507,074 for "LIP LINER", USA
2003
Smulovitz Lips Untitled
c-print; 16" x 30" each
photographed by Tom McInvaille
2003
Smulovitz Lips Untitled
c-print; 20" x 30" each
photographed by Tom McInvaille
2003
Smulovitz Lips Untitled (neutral)
c-print
20" x 30"
2003
Anika Smulovitz Lips Untitled black
c-print
20" x 30"
2003
Anika Smulovitz Lips Untitled stripes
c-print
20" x 30"
2003
Smulovitz Lips Untitled (flocked)
c-print
20" x 30"
2003
Anika Smulovitz Lips Untitled glitter
c-print
20" x 30"
2003
Anika Smulovitz Lips Untitled sugar
c-print
20" x 30"
2003
Anika Smulovitz Lips Untitled sesame seeds
c-print
20" x 30"
2003
Anika Smulovitz Lips Untitled coffee grinds
c-print
20" x 30"
2003
anika Smulovitz Lips Untitled feathers
c-print
20" x 30"
2003
Smulovitz Lips Untitled (manipulate 1)
c-print
16" x 30"
2003
Anika Smulovitz Lips Untitled Manipulate 2
c-print
16" x 30"
2003
Anika Smulovitz Lips Untitled Manipulate 3
c-print
16" x 30"
2003
Anika Smulovitz Lips Untitled Manipulate 4
c-print
16" x 30"
2003
Smulovitz Lips Untitled (ring)
c-print
20" x 30"
2003
Smulovitz Lips pseudo-scientific model
latex, silly putty, dental floss, thread, beeswax, parchment, wood paint
8" x 8" x 2"
2002

Lips are an essential part of how we communicate. They are expressive signifiers in their ability to smile and frown. They help us to form words and sounds. Lips also surround the most visible orifices on our body, creating a sensual transition from our exteriors to our interiors. Human lips are fascinating in their agility, flexibility, sensuality, and strength.

My background as a jeweler has led me to explore lips in the context of the interrelationship between the body, adornment, and issues of intimacy. These pieces are photographs, small interactive sculptures, installations, brooches, and a new form of adornment. The line that is created where the lips meet when a person’s mouth is in a relaxed pose is almost as unique and individual as a fingerprint. I want to accentuate this distinctive and compelling part of the body, bringing attention to the lips without interference or constraint. Lip Liners are custom-made lip adornment which rest comfortably in the mouth. The wearer can speak and perform all normal tasks, except eat. This innovative form of adornment creates a distinct sensual experience for the wearer. When multiple Lip Liners are installed on the wall in a gallery setting a minimal and provocative line drawing in space that references the body is created.