Q and A: William Wiley

For over 50 years, the artist has approached serious topics with wit and a sense of the absurd

A retrospective of artist William T. Wiley's work is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (SAAM)
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You have referred to Smithsonian exhibit as an archeological site. Why?
It's like an archaeological site because everything is not immediately obvious. There can be one bone sticking out, but you dig a little bit and discover more. I think if you give it time, my work will talk to you more—and the more you dig in, the more you might be able to uncover.

Does your art have a mind of its own?
Perhaps. Am I doing it or is it doing me.

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