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