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May, Post Break-up
Shizu Saldamando
(born 1978)
Purchased in honor of Linda D. Muehlig, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs and Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Smith College Museum of Art, on her retirement in June 2017

Musings from a Gallery Assistant

Nisa Joy Zalta is a Gallery Assistant at the Smith College Museum of Art

By Nisa Joy Zalta


Well, There you sit May.

From the moment you arrived

I knew I could count on you.

I’m always seeking your guidance

To connect with the real me.

To affirm who I am, how I want to be in this world.

Today, I ask you, do you think I’ll be okay?

I have a lot of worries.

I’m coughing from nerves.

I want to settle in myself the way you do. 

I long to feel comfortable with how I look.

I see so much knowing in your eyes-

As if you’ve seen it all.

You look at peace with knowing. 

I’m always questioning & find myself hanging on a limb,


Not knowing if I can do this...



View of May, Post Break-up from a Gallery Assistant chair

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