about the artist
Since the 1970s Matuschka has been a dynamic presence in the art world. After attending Windsor Mountain Prep School in the Berkshires and then Prescott College in Prescott Arizona, Matuschka moved to New York City to continue her education at the School of Visual Arts studying with the painter Jennifer Bartlett. Arriving on the tail end of Warhol's Factory gang, Matuschka began working with photographer Gerald Malanga and film maker Anton Perich. After leaving SVA Matuschka worked in NYC as a scenic artist, video editor, window dresser and continued collaborating as an artistšs model occasionally posing for Jeff Dunas, Bill Silano & Don Synder. She also exhibited her artwork in downtown galleries and traveled extensively through out Europe. In 1987, Matuschka chose photography as her main medium and began taking pictures of herself in abandoned buildings. This series, entitled "The Ruins" was published in many fine art magazines internationally while exhibits were mounted at the Woodstock Center of Photography and the Photographic Museum of Helsinki.
During the nineties Matuschka also conducted tours and lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History via the Central Park Historical Society Special Ed program.
After surgery and treatment for cancer in 1991 Matuschka worked vigorously creating a large body of drawings and photographs that were used for posters in demonstrations and rallies across America. At the second National Breast Cancer Conference held in Washington DC. in 1993 Matuschka met Susan Ferara, a writer from the New York Times Magazine who was covering the event. Ms. Ferara briefly interviewed her after noticing the artist wearing a sandwich board with two posters on her back. The posters were created by Matuschka and sponsored by W.H.A.M. Mrs. Ferara requested one of the images (entitled "Vote for Yourself") and turned it into the NY Times with her story entitled, "The Politics of Breast Cancer."
For their August 15, 1993 magazine cover The NEW YORK TIMES chose instead - Beauty Out of Damage - a different photo - to accompany Mrs. Ferara's story. Press coverage on both this image and its creator was extensive world-wide and Matuschka received over 18 honors, citations, and awards, including the Rachel Carson Award, a citation from BUNTE magazine for being one of 40 women who changed the world in the nineties, a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, PDN Nikon Self promotion award, a Humanitarian Award, the Gilda Radner Award, two editorial awards from Communication Arts Photography Annual, various Fellowships and was chosen Person of the Week with Peter Jennings. Matuschkašs poster "Time for Prevention" (commissioned by Greenpeace) won the Best Environmental Poster of 1996 and was added to the Cooper Hewitt Design Museums collection.
Throughout the nineties until the present Matuschka continued working with other artists and was photographed by some of the world's renowned photographers such as Nick Knight, Robert Maxwell and Nadva Kander. Portraits of Matuschka have appeared in a variety of books and documentaries including "Beauty's Nothing"," Vanity Insanity", "The Age of Silver, Encounters with Great Photographers", "Incomparable Women of Style", "One Hundred Photographs that Changed the World", "The Body" and "The Photographs of the New York Times" to name a few. Reaching a wider audience through television and the lecture circuit, Matuschka was featured on numerous TV programs including the Charlie Rose Show, Phil Donohue, Extra, Inside Edition and Nightline with Ted Koppel. University appearances include Harvard, Columbia, the University of Arizona and most recently The Contemporary Museum of Art, The University of Southern Florida, The Berkshire Museum, and The Malaga Cultural Institute, Malaga, Spain.
Having been involved in the environmental and feminist movements of the seventies, special Ed in the inner city school system during the eighties, the breast cancer epidemic in the nineties: the artists' focus shifted in 2000 while temporarily residing in South Philly. There she lived on the fringe of the black ghetto and racism and issues of globalization fascinated her. In 2002 two shows entitled "Donšt Globalize This" were mounted in America and a variety of those images published internationally. In 2003 Matuschka was invited to Germany for two solo shows in Museums: most recently a 40 year retrospective show casing the artists photography was held in 2013 at the Sohn Fine Art Gallery, Stockbridge Mass.
Mostly known for her self-portraits and her chameleon-like performance before her own camera lens, Matuschka works in a variety of formats including sculpture, painting and film. Although the artist is most known for work that raises questions about identity, power, and sexuality in an image driven society - her less political work is presented in her abstract paintings and PhotoShop compositions.
A new book entitled "Bagit!" published by HardPress Editions was released in 2008 and can be found here: http://matuschka.net/buybagit.html
More biographical material may be found on the artist's main website: http://matuschka.net/BioPage.html
|Malaga Spain Photo Shoot 2011|
"Matuschka’s work includes a nod to modern art: there is as much of Andy Warhol as there is of Dick Avedon in her photos. If the purpose of art is to define the times in which we live, to give witness to what if feels like to be alive during your time in history then Matuschka has fulfilled this requirement. These works contain a microcosms of what it is like to live as the Twentieth Century comes to a close. Matuschka has uncovered herself in a brilliant attempt to reveal brand new, still beautiful and profoundly uncomfortable truths”.
|Artist Spotting "Beauty out of Damage" NYC Studio 1993|