Jessica Matier is a New Jersey based artist. She attended Parsons School of Design for illustration. Years later, after raising a family she departed from traditional watercolor and collage practices in pursuit of a mixed media approach to abstract painting. The images she creates are gestural emotive landscapes and forms intended to create a hyperconscious experience.
Tallahassee International, FSU Museum of Fine Arts, FL
The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn Expo Center, Brooklyn, NY
Q. Tell us about yourself and how you came to be an artist…
A. Being an artist has always been an unavoidable vocation. I have always wanted to paint and make things since my early childhood.
Q. Describe your work in three words…
A. Gestural, contemplative, and rich.
Q. What does your creative process look like?
A. I attempt to conjure wisdom with my work. To do that I think deeply about how I am living. I think about how I can evoke meaning and be useful to future generations.
Q. Where do you draw inspiration from?
A. My personal problems and everyday life.
Q. Do you have a favorite quote, or a phrase you think about often?
A. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. -Musashi
Q. What messages or emotions do you hope to convey to your audience?
A. To use beauty and truth as antidotes to your suffering.
Q. How did you find your way to mixed media art? What other mediums have you worked with?
A. Sticking to one medium restrained the images I was trying to create. I have worked mostly with watercolors and collage before turning to mixed media.
Q. What is your approach to using color?
A. Once I've identified the first color, which is usually based on emotion, I react to that initial feeling (color) with another. These series of reactions build a narrative through color that is applied on top of the movement of the forms. Sometimes I consciously limit the palette in a work in order to compartmentalize the idea I am trying to illustrate.
Q. If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?
A. Louise Bourgeois
Q. What makes you laugh no matter what?
A. The reckless truth at hand that most people do not have the guts to say out loud.
Q. What makes you nervous?
A. Uncertainty. Not having the opportunity to pass all of my knowledge down to my children. A lack of progress and many more things...One would say almost everything makes me nervous.
Q. What’s next?
A. An expansion of my paintings in three-dimensional form and more large paintings.
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