CASEY MATTHEWS . Statement
WHY I CREATE:
Art-making has been the only constant activity in my life. I lose interest in things easily; yet I have always made time to create. Creating art feeds my soul and grounds me both mentally and physically. It is my intention to live a creative life and create work that is original, honest, and authentic - and that is an extension of my personality: Multilayered, colorful, playful, and adventurous. I am always learning and pushing myself to be the best artist that I can possibly be, and not become too complacent.
I strive to create rich paintings with multi-media surfaces that are both visually intriguing, fluid and full of energy. They incorporate expressive color, movement, and strong elements of design. The work combines observation, technique, exploration, and reinvention. Over the years, a visual language has developed: A series of gestures and marks that make up a unique dialog. It is a vague form of communication in an attempt to achieve tension, balance and beauty. From a distance, the works impose a singular statement of color, composition and tone; viewed closely, they suggest a complex narrative that is multi-hued and textured.
My creativity begins with a constant state of awareness and appreciation for everything around me. I am always noticing patterns in nature and the way inanimate objects and shapes harmonize with each other. I’m inspired by color, how colors interact and react with each other, motion, flow, and organic repetition. My work is intuitive and process driven. I enjoy the drips and splatters – and the journey they inspire.
My current body of work is primarily mixed-media abstract painting, and explores a constant discourse between intuitive and non-objective. My intention is to create layers of information through a technique that employs strata of media. I gather inspiration from life, and then translate it into my terms. The work combines emotional content, observation, technique, exploration, and reinvention. It is a form of vague communication and contradiction. It is my intention to create rich surfaces that are visually intriguing with expressive colors and organic shapes, leading the mind's eye on an aesthetic journey throughout the emotional process of transformation and destruction."
The process is a marriage of layered acrylic paint, medium, charcoal, handmade paper, tissue, and oil sticks on canvas. I incorporate simple vine charcoal drawings between layers until a rich texture emerges. I embrace the drips and splatters that develop along the way; at times they lend themselves to an unfinished journey. I am interested in structure, energy, mood, color, and the enduring relationships among them.
Although a native of San Antonio, Texas, Casey has considered the Southeast her home for over 20 years. She studied Art and Art History at Texas Christian University and the University of Alabama. Her many subjects are approached with light-hearted enthusiasm and delivered with singular verve and style, yet are introspective and spiritually enlightening.
For Matthews, it is important not to become complacent, and not to be afraid of challenge or risk. Her artwork is a direct outgrowth from her life events and past remembrances. Matthews has been painting professionally since 1998; since then, painting has come to define her existence. "I cannot remember any moment in my life when I did not want to be an artist." This award-winning artist has sold to collectors throughout North America and Europe, and currently works from her studio in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Born Beaumont, Texas, 1971
Raised in San Antonio, TX
Lives & Works on Amelia Island, FL
University of Alabama, BFA in Painting & Art History