“My work evolves out of a necessity for the work to come into being. The work is a necessary activity for me in terms of a meditation, reflection & possibility of self actualization…. the work has become more focused in recent years on thoughts & meditations of spiritual exploration & psychological activity, both conscious & unconscious. My recent pieces are spiritual & psychological landscapes… these paintings & watercolors explore an imaginary psychological landscape that is easily accessed by our own understanding of both figure (ground relationships) & the familiarity of the landscape format. These works have no specific narrative & instead utilize a matrix of what I consider to be personal mark making activity. This activity results in the creation of unconscious personal symbols that represent, for me, the idea of the unknowable, or the unknowable by intellect… in effect, the the idea of symbolizing what is instead a part of you, & therefore transcends knowing & unknowing. It is therefore a representation of the mystery & a record of the meditation.”
An art teacher of many years, Matt Lewis currently teaches Painting, Ceramics & Drawing at Swan Valley High School in the Saginaw area. His work is in numerous private & public collections, including; The College for Creative Studies, GM, The Nemer Group & the Kresge Foundation.
(*headshot courtesy of photographer, Jeff Cancelosi)