Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthan Cowart.
Matthan Cowart, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I moved to LA with my partner a little over a year ago with goals and intentions that have since changed. I can afford to be an artist because I work as an art installer.
I didn’t ask to be here in this existence and I often find myself in a lot of pain. I think this is a sentiment that many people share and I am very grateful for the means to respond through painting. I find solace by trying to create an aesthetic and philosophical environment on my own terms.
Thankfully, my story is still just a hazy outline with very little form or texture. As I am still quite young, I believe that any narrative attempting to relate my personal history and many identity reinventions to the perspective I hold today would be hollow. I believe everything must take time.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I use art-making as an indexical process that illustrates a philosophical exercise. It is about the shift from an ideological, extrinsically motivated posture to a more intrinsically guided praxis—a mode of being that is more permeable and resonant with chaos. I am trying to use strategy as a tool for cultivating acceptance rather than gratifying the ambitions of my more individualistic tendencies.
The works I make are to aid myself and others in contemplation. They are objects intended to facilitate moments of uncertainty, consideration, and reflection. I hope that when people see my work, they feel they have been confronted by something real.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Sustainability is my definition of success. The only attribute that differentiates an artist from any other kind of person is art-making. An artist is successful as long as they are making art. I do everything I can to remove any obstruction or distraction that keeps me from making, whether it is fatigue, Instagram, etc. I am very intentional about nourishing my process through working with my partner to keep an orderly and harmonious home, or setting up a manageable work schedule. In order to be a successful person, I am interested in cultivating characteristics such as durability, integrity, intellectual rigor, compassion, and tolerance for uncertainty and risk.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work can best be seen in my home/studio and anyone is welcome to visit. I also have a website and a Tumblr.
- Website: matthancowart.com
- Phone: 5059482468
- Email: email@example.com
- Other: matthancowart.tumblr.com
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