Matt Brown – Artist’s Statement
I graduated from college hoping to work with my hands. In 1987 I established my own business doing work with wood: post and beam barns, new house construction, renovations, additions. Cabinetry work led to the construction of a shop which is where I now make my woodblock prints.
My print-making career owes much to those years. Learning to work with wood, to line things up and judge by eye, to draw up plans and implement them into 3 dimensions: this was in many ways my printmaking apprenticeship. My materials are now pigments, wooden blocks and paper and my pursuit is with line, shape and color, but it still feels like the same process of visualizing something, analyzing it into parts and then putting hand to tool and getting down to work making things.