Gail Skudera is a mixed-media artist exploring the relationship between people and the environment with the passage of time. She tells stories of her subjects’ lives using paper, textiles, photographs, fiber, and ink to bring a sense of the past to the present.
Born in Hackensack, NJ, Skudera earned her BFA and MFA degrees in weaving and textile printing from Northern Illinois University. She is the recipient of a visual arts fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, DC. She is also a member of the National Association of Women Artists in New York.
Skudera’s woven mixed-media works have received numerous awards and been exhibited both nationally and internationally. In such works, she begins with a photo of a subject, often a woman, whose story she is interested in telling.
“I am captivated by the mystery of the interior life of the subjects, and that is timeless,” Skudera says.
She creates these intricate pieces by weaving strips of a photograph with other materials to both abstract and restore attributes of the original image. As she works, Skudera responds emotionally to the charged black and white passages of the photograph. She allows the process and materials to create a natural flux and overall pattern in a matrix of intersecting lines.
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