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Mathias - The Little Circus
El Pequeño Circo / The Little Circus, 2016, oil on canvas, 30" x 30"

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Collage: Shaman
Shaman Mask, 2016, collage of cut painted paper, acrylic, oil pastel, 28" x 22"

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Alchemical Vessel: Taos Shaman
Alchemical Vessel: Taos Shaman, 2013, Collage of painted paper and canvas, acrylic, pencil, Taos red willow branches on ceramic bowl. Joan Hisaoka Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

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Mathias - Shaman with Dark Horse
Shaman with Dark Horse, 2010, oil and collage on panel, 30" x 30"

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About Janet

Mathias is a multi media visual artist who works primarily in oils, collage and printmaking. She earned her BFA from MICA, studied abroad at Parsons, Paris and received her MA in Art Therapy from the George Washington University. Her second home is New Mexico. Whenever possible, Mathias is on a beach or a mountain.

Masks

Many of my paintings evolve from works on paper, painted sketches. In 2015 I recycled a lot of my paper-based pieces into this series of collages that I call "re-masks". Each consists entirely of an older, cut up, acrylic and ink painting on paper. In some cases they include transfer images from a book about Sailing. These two dimensional masks have been installed unframed and as a group on a large wall, but here are shown individually.

  • Apple

    Mathias - Apple
    2015, collage made from a cut up acrylic painting on illustration board that included fish and birds, 24" x 21"
  • Whistler

    Mathias - Whistler
    2015, Collage on paper: do you see the Lion? All components of this mask are cut up from an older and larger, acrylic painting of a lion, 15" x 13"
  • Shaman Mask

    Mathias -  Shaman Mask
    2015, collage of a cut up painting on paper, with added oil pastel, 28" x 22"
  • Rocky Sail

    Mathias - Rocky Sail
    2015, collage made of a cut-up acrylic and ink painting/collage on paper that included images of people sailing, 27" x 19"
  • DoubleTake

    Mathias - Double Take
    2015, collage made from a large, cut up acrylic painting on paper, 32" x 20"
  • Flight

    Mathias - Flight
    2015, collage made from an acrylic painting on paper, with a few added strokes of oil pastel, pencil and acrylic, 32" x 23"
  • Speedboat

    Mathias - Speedboat
    2015, collage made from cut paper, acrylic, ink, and images of boats and sailors, 24" x 21"
  • Piece of Mind

    Mathias - Piece of Mind
    2015, new collage from a cut up larger collage of sailing boats, 23" x 18"

Totem

I believe in the idea that we sense spiritual forces through the natural world: that water, wind, plants and patterns are inhabited or personified. One of my favorite books is My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, by Nigerian author Amos Tutuola. In his folklore, he deals not with "deads" but with dangerous and mischievous spirits of the wild, in the heart of a tropical forest. Animal symbolism is a constant in my work. I am driven by the idea that we each have one or more totem animals that act as messengers or spirit guides, and embody our internal conflicts. It is a popular misconception that we choose them. Rather, they choose us.

Automatic Graphic

A group of of bold images that are about signage and color. These works are usually completed quickly.

Collage 6" x 6"

This project is about the use of scraps on my studio floor that were obtained from cutting up older works on paper. Each piece is a 6" x 6" panel. They were developed and completed as a group.

  • Lime

    Mathias - Lime
    2015, Collage on panel, 6" x 6"
  • Patriotic

    Mathias - Patriotic
    2015, Collage on panel, 6" x 6"
  • Red House with Skull

    Mathias - Red House with Skull
    2015, Collage on panel, 6" x 6"
  • Pink Eye

    Mathias - Pink Eye
    2015, Collage on panel, 6" x 6", with a leaf explosion
  • Mixy Match

    Mathias - Mixy Match
    2015, Collage on panel, 6" x 6" , Oh my head hurts
  • Crown

    Mathias - Crown
    2015, Collage on panel, 6" x 6"
  • Pinky

    Mathias - Pinky
    2015, Collage on panel, 6" x 6"
  • Lungs

    Mathias - Lungs
    2015, Collage on panel, 6" x 6"

Collage 8" x 8"

The collage and square themes, continued

  • Metabolism

    Collage of acrylic, painted paper on canvas 2015 8" x 8"
  • The Turquoise

    Collage of painted paper on canvas 2015 8" x 8"
  • Yellow Gut

    Collage of acrylic, painted paper on canvas 2015 8" x 8"

Fluidity

The graphic symbolism in these paintings reflect natural elements like wind, breath, water and energy fields...and relationships.

Silkscreen Monoprints

These silkscreen monoprints were created at Self Help Graphics & Art in East Los Angeles, CA, with Master Printer Jose Alpuche, in the summer of 2000. I was among a group of artists from D.C. and Baltimore, hosted by a group from California in a creative exchange/exhibition we called "East Meets West".

  • Breathe in You

    Mathias - Breathe in You
    2000, silkscreen monoprint, Image: 16" x 22", Paper: 20" x 26"
  • Phoebe in L.A.

    Mathias - Phoebe in L.A.
    2000, silkscreen monoprint, Image: 22" x 16", Paper: 26" x 20"
  • Enmascarada

    Mathias - Enmascarada
    2000, silkscreen monoprint, Image: 16" x 22", Paper: 20" x 26"
  • Bailando

    Mathias - Bailando
    2000, silkscreen monoprint, Image: 16" x 22", Paper: 20" x 26"
  • Beso Forzado

    Mathias - Beso Forzado
    2000, silkscreen monoprint, Image: 22" x 16", Paper: 26" x 20"
  • Clavadista

    Mathias - Clavadista
    2000, silkscreen monoprint, Image: 16" x 22", Paper: 20" x 26"
  • LosAngeles

    Mathias - Los Angeles
    2000, silkscreen monoprint, Image: 16" x 22", Paper: 20" x 26"
  • Pneuma

    Mathias - Pneuma
    2000, silkscreen monoprint, Image: 16" x 22", Paper: 20" x 26"
  • Clavadista y Diosa

    Mathias - Clavadista y Diosa
    2000, silkscreen monoprint, Image: 22" x 16", Paper: 26" x 20"

Landscape and Consciousness

This is a selection of older works, oil on canvas. The natural references are inspired by my travels to New Mexico and coastal areas throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Landscape is both an internal and external place; I am essentially exploring the tension between them.

  • Solitude

    oil on canvas, 36" x 48"
  • Red Mountain Sky

    Mathias - Red Mountain Sky
    2006, oil on linen, triptych, 10" x 30"
  • Madaket

    Mathias - Madaket
    2002, oil on linen, 16" x 20"
  • Run

    Mathias - Run
    2002, oil on canvas, 30" x 32"
  • Dog Sky Over Dunes_2

    Mathias - Dog Sky Over Dunes
    2004, oil on canvas, 35" x 69" This was inspired by sketches and photos of a Nantucket beach, off season on an early morning, on which all terrain vehicles had carved deep and amazing tracks
  • Conduit

    Mathias - Conduit
    2004, oil on canvas, 32 x 38"
  • Seasons of You

    Mathias - Seasons
    2006, oil, oil pastel, and paper collage on canvas, 36" x 48"

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