Mary Smull podcast on artblog radio – On truth, hard work and the guilt of the unfinished project


Mary Smull‘s excellence with math and bookkeeping is matched by her excellence in art, where she works systematically towards the goal of a perfect piece. Among other things, Mary finishes other peoples’ unfinished needlepoint projects, which she purchases from EBay.  In this podcast she tells us about her complicated relationship with work, with other peoples’ work and her belief in the truth of her projects.  Mary is a member of the Philadelphia alternative gallery Grizzly Grizzly, which is an organizer of the upcoming Citywide festival arriving in November, 2013. She has a BFA from University of the Arts and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy.  For more photos from our interview see Roberta’s Flickr set and Libby’s Flickr set.

Mary Smull at our interview in her North Philadelphia studio
Mary Smull at our interview in her North Philadelphia studio


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