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Gail Smuda
Concord, NH

Bridal Story
mixed media
14 x 14 x 14 in.


Road Trip
Mixed Media
7 1/2" X 7 1/2" X 24"


My work is mixed media with two areas of concentration, books and fiber, and frequently a combination of these medias. For me, artist’s books provide a means to convey ideas and imagery on a scale that is both intimate and personal. 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.

Gail Smuda's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts
(un)Contained Vessels
 Artist Members Annual Exhibition, Co-organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director, The Center for Book Arts, and Pamela Spitzmueller, Book Artist and James W. Needham Chief Conservator for Special Collections, The Harvard University Library and the College Library
History Container
(2007) fiber, paper, found object, acrylic, photo copies
Celebrating Artist Members: 30th Anniversary Members Exhibition
 Organized by Roni Gross, Artist.
Life: Some Assembly Required
(2005) Offset printed on white and black mulberry paper with thread
2002 Artist Members' Juried Exhibition
Church Bound
(2000) wood, wax, ribbon, photocopy, grommets, yarn, fabric, found objects (leather Bible cover)

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