Zoe Matthiessen is an artist with a conscience

Zoe Matthiessen is an artist with a conscience

Artist Zoe Matthiessen has launched her new website. It is simple, elegant, compelling, easy to use, and beautifully displays her work. 

Zoe is based in New Haven, Connecticut. She is an illustrator with a conscience. 

I first became aware of her work in the summer of 2017 when she started posting what has turned into a series of remarkable illustrations for both her "Ecocide" series and "Picture This" series for New Haven Independent. In "Ecocide" her beautiful line work and watercolor style are striking counterparts to the sometimes difficult-to-see subject matter. In "Picture This", her beautiful style and playful interaction with the reader invites them to locate the places depicted and win a print of her drawing. 

Then, in January of this year, I noted a terrific portrait of Dizzy Gillespie for The American Bystander

The Nation has twice featured her work this year for it's "OppArt" page (which is superbly curated by Andrea Arroyo, Steve Brodner, and Peter Kuper): "The Last Straw" about the impact of plastic on our planet, and "Ecocide" a particularly clever image of an offshore rig that incorporates a UPC code into the structural columns under the water that support the enormous weight of the platforms. 

Her work will be in two upcoming shows in October: SVA Chelsea Gallery, and a solo show at Endicott College (details at zoematthiessen.com/shows/)

For more of her works, visit zoematthiessen.com

—Traci Churchill

 

 Her website Home page

Her website Home page

 "Ecocide" page on her website

"Ecocide" page on her website

 "Outside" page on her website

"Outside" page on her website

 "Creatures" page on her website

"Creatures" page on her website

 "People" page on her website

"People" page on her website

 "Zoe" page on her website

"Zoe" page on her website

  The Nation  OppArt 

The Nation OppArt 

  The Nation  OppArt

The Nation OppArt

 "White Elephant Crushes, Kills Trophy Hunter" for the Op-Art "Ecocide" column in  New Haven Independent

"White Elephant Crushes, Kills Trophy Hunter" for the Op-Art "Ecocide" column in New Haven Independent

 "State closes four campgrounds this summer" for the Op-Art "Ecocide" column in  New Haven Independent

"State closes four campgrounds this summer" for the Op-Art "Ecocide" column in New Haven Independent

 "Parks" for the Op-Art "Picture This" column in  New Haven Independent

"Parks" for the Op-Art "Picture This" column in New Haven Independent

 For the Op-Art "Picture This" column in  New Haven Independent

For the Op-Art "Picture This" column in New Haven Independent

 "Last Night" for the Op-Art "Picture This" column in  New Haven Independent

"Last Night" for the Op-Art "Picture This" column in New Haven Independent

 "Dream House" for the Op-Art "Picture This" column in  New Haven Independent

"Dream House" for the Op-Art "Picture This" column in New Haven Independent

 "Bird Gone Fish In" for the Op-Art "Ecocide" column in  New Haven Independent

"Bird Gone Fish In" for the Op-Art "Ecocide" column in New Haven Independent

 "Comfort Zone" for the Op-Art "Picture This" column in  New Haven Independent

"Comfort Zone" for the Op-Art "Picture This" column in New Haven Independent

 "Cliffhanger" for the Op-Art "Ecocide" column in  New Haven Independent

"Cliffhanger" for the Op-Art "Ecocide" column in New Haven Independent

 "Swinginest Tree In Town" for the Op-Art "Picture This" column in  New Haven Independent

"Swinginest Tree In Town" for the Op-Art "Picture This" column in New Haven Independent

 "Brothers From Another Mother" for the Op-Art "Ecocide" column in  New Haven Independent

"Brothers From Another Mother" for the Op-Art "Ecocide" column in New Haven Independent

 "Diz" for  The American Bystander

"Diz" for The American Bystander

 First cover

First cover

 "Trail Mix"

"Trail Mix"

 "Handy Cap" for  New Haven Independent

"Handy Cap" for New Haven Independent

 "Why-Why?" for  New Haven Independent

"Why-Why?" for New Haven Independent

 "Wispy" from her Outside series

"Wispy" from her Outside series

The enduring power of Brad Holland's images

The enduring power of Brad Holland's images

Keeping up with brilliant children's book illustrator Barbara McClintock

Keeping up with brilliant children's book illustrator Barbara McClintock