Image by LZ Mathews
Liz Mathews Drawing 1
Liz Mathews Drawing 2

 About

Visual art for me began with action and experimentation: In 2017, I committed to a sketch a day. What started out as uplifting just by the making has grown into a discipline of nurturance, discovery, and personal storytelling that connects me more to others as well. It's fun, too!

You'll find my work is varied, frequently scuttling among words and visuals. I use abstraction and line work to unite images and expressions that often defy or exceed. I hear teachers speak of uncovering a voice ... perhaps I'm still looking for that singular voice, though I also believe we're all prone to more chaos than we'd like to admit. My work invites layers, multiplicity, and contradiction, which mirror my values about mental health, queer identity, gender and bodies.

I use the arts and creative expression as a teacher, researcher, and future social worker. I believe that art is for every body and can advance every mode of working–in the world and in collaboration.

Exhibition & Teaching History

LZ Mathews exhibited at the Chester County Art Association's juried shows, Con"text"ual (2018) and At the Moulin Rouge (2019), where LZ was awarded an Honorable Mention for the latter.

LZ has taught writing since 2010 at universities including West Chester University, Villanova University, and Penn State Brandywine. They are a former Advisory Board member for the West Chester Writing Project (2016-2022). LZ has designed and implemented professional development on reading strategies for faculty and literacy through the arts for K-16 teachers. They also use visual activities and interdisciplinary approaches to collaborate with students and colleagues. LZ presented research about Visual Metaphors to the International Writing Centers Association Conference in 2016 and gave workshops to the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project Summer Institute on Building Narratives for Writers and Artists from 2017-2021.

In 2019, LZ published “Golden Thread,” an essay about using visual arts for data collection and analysis, in Mary Buckelew and Janice Ewing’s Action Research for English Language Arts Teachers: Invitation to Inquiry (2019). They also co-founded and facilitated (2018-2022) the Social Justice and Anti-Bias Inquiry Group, where LZ continues to join educators studying anti-racist texts for classroom, school, and community change.

Contact

Contact LZ for questions or requests. Prints of their digital work are available on posters, canvases, and home goods at LZ's Society6 retail page.