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Media - Mixed and Otherwise

The History of the Smutty Nose Murders

The exhibit Media - Mixed and Otherwise by Gail Smuda ran June 12 through September 11, 2009. Her book The History of the Smuttynose Murders is a story that occurred on Smuttynose Island during the 18th century (on right).

The work is mixed media with three areas of concentration, books, mixed media and fiber, and frequently a combination of these media.  Her work engages people on the level of their own experiences while layered, complex and unfamiliar enough to hold people’s attention once they have been attracted.

Italian Views

Gail states, "When people see my work I’d like them to be able to discover the layers of meaning. Layering materials, images and ideas I’d like to think that people are able to gain access a little at a time and always, upon returning to the work, find something new to discover.

To paraphrase Lucy Lippard in, Lure of the Local, I feel art should be specific enough to engage people on the level of their own experiences while layered, complex and unfamiliar enough to hold people’s attention once they have been attracted. It should be evocative enough to make people recall related moments in their own lives while provocative and critical enough to make people think about issues beyond the scope of the work and to call into question superficial assumptions."

Italian View by Gail Smuda, Mixed Media (lower right)