I've been a writer and artist my whole life but had some psychic barriers to actually calling myself either. Writer came first. Now, artist. The two are inextricably linked, dancing together. You'll see that I'm a line-artist, which expresses the relationship, that scuttling, among words and visuals.
Visual art for me began with action and experimentation: In 2017, I committed to a sketch a day. What started out as therapeutic just by the making has grown into a discipline of nurturance, discovery, and personal storytelling that's connected me more to others, as well. It's fun, too!
You'll find my posts on Instagram: my work is varied. 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 experiences with mental health, queer identity, and my unruly body (check out a preview of my graphic memoir-in-progress, called A Fat Folx Guide to Expanding).
I've used the arts and creative expression as a teacher, tutor, researcher, and hopefully soon as a future social worker. I invite you to look, ask questions, and share your feedback in words and images, as you like. I welcome conversations, art partnerships, teaching opportunities, and more.
Exhibition & Teaching History
Liz Mathews exhibited at the Chester County Art Association's juried shows, Con"text"ual (2018) and At the Moulin Rouge (2019), where Liz was awarded an Honorable Mention for the latter.
Liz has taught writing since 2010 at universities including West Chester University, Villanova University, and Penn State Brandywine and is an Advisory Board member for the West Chester Writing Project. Liz has designed and implemented professional development on reading strategies for faculty and literacy through the arts for K-16 teachers. Liz also uses visual activities and interdisciplinary approaches to tutor writers. Liz 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, Liz 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 (2018-2021) the Social Justice and Anti-Bias Inquiry Group, where Liz continues to join educators studying anti-racist texts for classroom, school, and community change.
Contact Liz for questions, commission requests, or to purchase any of the works you see on this site. Prints of her digital work are available on posters, canvases, and home goods at her Society6 retail page.