Artist’s Statement: Rob Matthews

We are unremarkable subjects (artist included). These are not portraits created to commemorate wealth, power, or celebrity. The drawings document a group that might otherwise slip under history’s radar. They should be able to stand alone and remain significant, but when assembled together, the drawings are in dialogue, creating layers of meaning by simply being in the same space.

The figures appear with little expression, so as not to distract the viewer or persuade them to one personality over another. Objects and hand gestures act as symbols for geography, lineage, work, faith, and mortality. The works record those that are living as they lived, eulogize those that are already dead, and eventually, given enough time, will serve as memorials for all.


Photo of Rob Matthews