Wednesday, April 01, 2009

feather power!

I'm excited to share my newest body of work of feather powered poncho people. They are available at the Enormous Tiny Art website for purchase! I'm April's featured artist :) Feeling like a calendar girl... hee
feather power violet
feather power teal
feather power pink with baby
feather power ochre
feather power black
feather power in disguise

Here is the interview that ETA did with me that was excerpted in their newsletter:

ETA: When did you know that you were meant to be an artist?

Mati McDonough: I've always wanted to be an artist, but it's taken me forever to call myself an artist!

ETA: What is your most vivid, earliest memory of encountering or creating art in your childhood?

MM: I think my first memory of drawing was of moths and pollywogs, age five.

ETA: Do you have a favorite gallery? If so, what?

MM: Honestly, I am not just saying this to curry favor, but growing up in the Seacoast area, i always *loved* Nahcotta and dreamt of being in a show there some day when i grew up and hey, voila! I love so many galleries though and feel lucky to be in a few, namely yours!

ETA: Do you listen to music while you draw/create? What's the CD/album you can't stop listening to right now?

MM: Oh such a good question! Music is essential to making art for me and helping me get in the zone. Bon Iver, She & Him and CocoRosie have been on solid rotation today. Ohhh and my friend just dropped by the newest Lucinda Williams earlier called "Little Honey". I love her achy voice so.

ETA: Louise Bourgeois is quoted as saying, "Art guarantees sanity." How do you feel about that? Agree? Why?

MM: YES, absolutely. I think it's a perfect outlet for channeling your crazy thoughts. It's meditative too. I also think from a developmental standpoint art making helps you make decisions and work out alternatives. Like should I put blue or chartreuse here and how can I resolve this issue of the little man jumping off the page. I think art education should be mandatory and integrated into all subjects for this reason and so many more.

ETA: What would your pseudonym be?

MM: Let's see... "Uncle Floyd" is a grumpy alter ego I inhabited once for the purpose of art making-- to free myself from making "cute" art. It worked, but then the cuteness crept back in! I've accepted it. That's an alter ego though. I actually love my name and just wish people would pronounce it right, so my pseudonym would be phonetic: Matey Rose, maybe preface it with "Argh".

Thank you for reading!


sarah said...

wow these are really special!! love them!

rachellovespeace said...

these are so awesome! i love feather headbands. your art is so wonderful! ♥

jamie peeps said...

I feel your feather power all the way on the other side of the country!
I be sending you pix of your little bro drumming. Just wait, calendar girl.

amy said...

gorgeous colours.

jomama said...

these are AMAZING! i love them.

Rochelle (aka Britt) said...

Yo. Uncle Floyd. This is Rochelle. Lets go rough up some crappy waitresses.

Liz said...

Love your brand new pieces Mati, so different, so intriguing... go feather power!

andrea scher said...


those feather people are really amazing~
LOVE your new work!

pixie said...

MATI! i'm totally so digging the feather people! i opened my nahcotta email today and thought, "Hmm. I wonder who the brilliant artist is of these cool llamas and Peruvian looking dude...?" and it was YOU! you know how much i love my native power.


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shash said...

ps. i remember when uncle floyd accidentally left me a comment on my blog early on in bloglife...

Natália Rosin said...

WOw, these are amazing!! Love the feathers!!

jenifer74 said...

pollywogs?! you are awesome. :) xxx.