Deeply frustrated by the impact of corporate and political chaos upon our environment and society, Zoe Matthiessen rants with her dip pen addressing topics that impact us all such as plastic pollution, environmental deregulation, corporate greed, deforestation and corrupt politicians.
Zoe is a self taught artist, awarded by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration. She was selected by Art New England Magazine as one of the "Top Ten Emerging Artists of 2018” and awarded their Artist-in-Residence of 2019. She contributes regularly to The American Bystander and to The Nation, and is currently producing an environmental children’s book which will be released in the Fall of 2020.
Recent exhibitions include a solo show at The New Haven Lawn Club (April 30-June 30 2019), Endicott College (Oct 2018-Jan 2019) and inclusion in the "Art As Witness: Political Graphics" exhibit at SVA Chelsea Gallery, in NYC. Locally, Zoe exhibits regularly at ArtSpace and Kehler Liddell Gallery, and tacks up prints of her work along the trails of East Rock Park near the covered bridge, which she considers her “Gallery in the Woods” all year round.
Art as Activism: “The Pick-Up Artists”
As an environmental activist, Zoe organizes groups of local artists interested in cleaning up garbage in the New Haven area and producing art inspired by the sites they clean. Together, they target parks and waterfront locations where litter is abundant, clean it up, then sketch, ink, paint and photograph the places they've transformed. In addition to improving the local environment, her hope is to strengthen the community by bringing local artists together who share a mutual concern.