Monday, January 08, 2007


falling asleep on collage

mother and child reunion

Now that I am out of school my focus is to try to get to the "essence of my work".... connecting my head, heart and hand. My best art is made when I have a little ache in my heart or am caught up in the pure love of color. hello, magenta-orangey-pink against fresh grass green. I am beginning to believe...feel that emotions are at the essence of who we are... the rest is just window dressing. I for one too often ignore my initial emotion in the real world for the sake of professionalism, etc., but in artmaking listen closely. I am loving returning to the privacy of my own studio to get into an uninterrupted zone, inhabit it at wee hours and make it a complete mess.... as long as I don't go over the blue line that divides mine and hugh's space. hee.

That said, I decided that I would love to get into Berkeley if that opportunity presented itself... i would be thrilled to work with Squeak Carnwath....but I am deciding officially today to not apply to other MFA programs. Partially due to finances, our upcoming wedding in August, and the fact that I am extremely happy creating in my own studio with a wonderful community of artists... this is what a lot of people look for in grad school anyway. Also, I want to push my work and new directions and try to have more shows! let me know if you hear of anything fun please:)

Plus, I *shockingly* like having time to cook, see friends and returning to the regular scheduled program called life... outside of school.

herd o elefantes

This weekend i went silk-screening with adorable Lisa and made a herd of elefantes to send to my mailing list, along with show announcements. i'm putting 'em in the mail friday @ 3pm west coast time... email me your snail mail addy if you'd like to be added: matimcd at hotmail dot com.

Lisa & I also went to an incredible little show of my teacher i admire named Jason Jagel. check it.



risa said...

wow! what amazing color! these new pieces are gorgeous. i wish i could see them in person, i can tell they are the kind of work i would want to look at four hours and hours. and the elephant is a sweetie.

kelly said...

mati....i love them and the pink elephants. i am so bummed that i live in middle indiana and not sunny california. if i did, i would be rushing the doors of the girly show.

keep creating....your work is inspiring!

Shari said...

oh mati,

your art is so full of life. i really love the new pieces. :) and those elephants are awesome! you sound clear and confident about what lies ahead for you. bravo my dear! xo shari

trudesign said...

I LOVE this art, wonderful job!

marcisenders said...

I love the elephants! They are incredibly cute!

ArtsyMama said...

These are absolutely FABULOUS!!! I really, really love them:)

lisa s said...

i heart the elephants! :)

you sound so good mati... enjoy that studio... and time.....

Swirly said...

I love your two new pieces!!

Shell said...

Firstly, congratulations on finishing your course! I just found out that I'm about to begin a BFA - we are at two ends of the spectrum. I understand your desire to create on your own terms, as I'm a little anxious about how the whole art school experience will affect me. But excited too!

I love these new pieces. Colour is my 'thing' too - mixing colours, and colour placement. The colours in these works are so lush.

The prints are adorable! What a cute li'l elephant!