DUE WEST 2015 and “She Remembers the Meat Market”

She Remembers the Meat Market.  Oil on Panel.  12x12".  $235.

She Remembers the Meat Market. Oil on Panel. 12×12″. $235.

If you were able to make it to DUE WEST last night, thank you for coming!! It means so much to me to connect with collectors face to face. And, though it’s difficult for this introvert to do big events, I’m so glad I did. I had a great time with you!

This was the piece that was showing last night, “She Remembers the Meat Market,” one of the works in my series exploring first childhood memories and modern-day anonymity.

The idea came out of a question asked of myself and a group of friends at a dinner party. Listening to my friends, the emotional memory is what we recall, much more than the foggy images.

“She Remembers the Meat Market” is a recalling of a happy memory with her mother. A montage of frilly dresses, special trips out, an announcer in a booth at the market, and the butcher shop. ¬†She recalls how her mom, living in a small town at the time, loved to buy her pretty dresses. The only place to go in town was the market, so there they went and strolled the narrow aisles. According to her mother, this market had the best meat in town, so their trips showing off pretty dresses were also an excuse to buy lots of meat.

It’s one memory out of thousands in her life. Asking about it and hearing about it opens a door. Do we want to have that door opened with each other?

My desire for this series is to explore the anonymity of modern life and ask the question, “Can we have community and be tied to each other in our polarized opinions and convictions, in the places we are different or opposed, and choose to love one another?”


Meena Matocha is a contemporary representational artist living and working near her hometown of Austin, TX.

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