Artist’s statement: “I believe that artists are storytellers. As a bassist, I have spent more than a decade of my life refining how to communicate various thoughts and feelings through sound. Now as a visual artist, my goal is to impart sensual and intellectual experiences through sight as well. Furthermore, my interests in spirituality, individualism, interpretation, dramatic irony, and iconoclasm, as important aspects for the sustainable perpetuation of our lives as interdependent sapiens, are also manifest within each artifact that I create or subversively appropriate. Thus, my current compositions are self-conscious attempts to evoke emotive psychological states that will share these values to varying degrees.”
These acrylic on canvas palette knife paintings are taken from J.S. Matteson’s BIOMES series, whereby he has abstracted environments such as woodlands, grasslands and tundras for reflection upon the importance of symbiosis in sustainability.