Artist Statement

Matocha uses oil, charcoal, acrylic and wax to create large-scale paintings, combining abstraction and figuration, exploring themes of grief, the passage of time and encounters with the metaphysical realm.  Though the texture and versatility of oils usually draw her to use them in her work, Matocha’s curiosity about how material contributes to the meaning and emotion of an art work has caused her to explore the use of charcoal as a prominent medium, the ash symbolizing humanity’s finitude.  Meditation, Scripture and contemplation play large parts in her creative process.  She seeks out people whom she knows have experienced grief and who seek to heal through their faith to sit for her pieces.  Having been a dancer herself, she often uses the figure of a dancer in her work, feeling the movement of the human body can bring depth of meaning to our humanity.  Her son is also a common subject in her work, as he marks the passage of time in her life in a profound way.  Matocha was born to Indian immigrant parents in 1977 in the suburbs of Austin, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, focus on painting and drawing from The University of Texas at Austin in 2000.  After a long break during which time she lived overseas serving with a non-profit organization, Matocha returned to her native home of Central Texas where she lives with her husband and six year old son, and now makes art full time.

“Prayers of the People” 12 x 12 inches. Charcoal, acrylic and wax on panel. 2018. Meena Matocha.