Deeply frustrated by the impact of corporate and political chaos upon our environment and society, Zoe Matthiessen rants with her dip pen in hopes of raising awareness, while reminding us of the beauty in nature.
Zoe is a self taught artist living in New Haven, CT. She was recently accepted into the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration. She regularly contributes to both The American Bystander and to The Nation, has produced work for The Environmental Defense Fund, and has held her spot “Ecocide” in the New Haven Independent for the past two years. Selected as one of the "Top Ten Emerging Artists of 2018" by Art New England Magazine, her work also made the cover of the March/April issue of the print publication. She is currently producing an environmental children’s book which will be released in the fall of 2020, and will be teaching two art courses at the Yale Peabody Museum beginning Sept 2019.
Recent exhibitions include a solo show at 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.