Hideki Kihata, Chair
University Art Gallery
MATT LEWIS will lecture on his experiences as a K-12 art teacher and professional artist. Matt is currently an art teacher at Swan Valley High School, and he actively shows his work in the Detroit arts community and gallery district. Matt received his BFA from The College For Creative Studies in 2002 and K-12 Certification/Art Education from Saginaw Valley State University in 2005.
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, and possibility of self-actualization. The work has become more focused in recent years on thoughts and meditations of spiritual exploration and psychological activity, both conscious and unconscious.
These recent pieces are for me, Psychological Landscapes. These Paintings and Watercolors explore an imaginary psychological landscape that is easily accessed by our own understanding of both figure ground relationships and the familiarity of the landscape format. These works have no specific narrative and 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 idea of symbolizing what is instead a part of you, and therefore transcends knowing and unknowing. It is therefore a representation of the mystery, and a record of as meditation.
For more information on this lecture contact Alaina Powldrey, UAG Director , (989) 964-2291