Tom Matt
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MFA Painting Thesis Project, at the New York Academy of Art (2020).

These paintings are reflections on anxiety, hope, and the passage of time. During the COVID-19 quarantine, I rediscovered a box of my childhood drawings. Many of these old pictures reflected the same emotions that the pandemic stirred in me. Once more, I wrestled with feelings that I thought had been left in my childhood. Simultaneously, I was inspired by the resilience, animation and imagination of my former self in the face of tragedy. The project combined a mature expression of beauty with early memories. The paintings capture time within time. They represent an emotive meeting of two "selves" separated by decades: loving and profound.
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