Mary Smull is an artist, writer, and curator living in Philadelphia, PA. Recently, her work has been exhibited regionally at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia, PA, and nationally at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Public Fiction Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, and Cranbrook Museum of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Internationally, she has shown at the Korea National University of the Arts in Seoul, South Korea and Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her work has been featured in Fiberarts Magazine, American Craft Magazine, and will be featured in the upcoming publication The Unfinishables, funded by the Arts Council of England. She is the founder of the Society for the Prevention of Unfinished Needlepoint, and a member of the Philadelphia art and curatorial collective Grizzly Grizzly. She holds a BFA in Crafts/Fibers from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI.
Smull works with needlepoint and other textile processes to expose the diversity of attitudes toward labor and the complex relationship between art history and domestic craft. Using established methods of Conceptual art - rule based making, appropriation, exquisite corpse - the work addresses unconscious biases we hold, both as makers and non-makers, about the way we value our time and the time of "experts" versus the time of "hobbyists".