Matt Marino

Interdisciplinary Artist

Play and discovery, Self-analysis, self-expression, scientific curiosity

My artwork has largely come to involve a systematic organization of information based on chronology.  I approach a given subject only to immediately start stepping back to understand how it works and what place it has in the world. I use many timelines that like time itself are open-ended and I carry them on throughout my life…not seeking to finish but merely to refine year after year.  This approach places the artwork in a class analogous to body, mind, community, and land.  These are things that simply do not end with any single transaction.  They are life-long and we must continue to maintain and care for them.  So, in my work, I’ve come to embrace this quality as a means toward vitality, strength and clarity.  When one works on something “Forever!” the operative qualities employed are transformed to become patience, devotion, responsibility, and nurturing.

My approach is not so much to present art as an object output activity, but more as an activity engaged in as a means to restore equilibrium to one’s life through recognition and appreciation of its many diverse yet interconnected parts.  My approach cultivates a sort of self-analysis that, in a life based on careful choices and decisions, can be very useful in producing the needed clarity.  It also engenders a self-respect by owning up to one’s long-term existence.  The hard parts or trouble spots may not be solved in a single session but they are gradually identified, worked at, understood and adjusted with responsibility over longer spans of time.  Again my interest is not in immediate results, but rather in setting up a method and system that can be employed over a lifetime to understand one’s self and one’s environment as things that can be committed to even as they undergo perpetual change, year, after year, after year.

In an Artist Residency, we will approach the work through processes such as journaling, drawing, photo collage, painting, self-portraits, mask making, organizing multi-media with a computer, mural and scroll design. Often, social studies and science curriculum can be incorporated, or used as the inspiration for a multimedia artwork. For instance, in a previous Residency student we explored individual identities through mask making activities.  During this Residency participants created costumes and played the part of their creature (often animals) in a short movie.  In future Artist Residencies I think we could approach mask-making thru an autobiographical framework and keep the work grounded in the truth of their lives.  We would use various exercises to boost up a stronger or more complete sense of self in all the students.  

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