Matthew Whitney

walking lines, documenting paths

About | Praxis

Process Statement:

My current work is comprised of personal cartographies: medium and large-scale drawings rooted in the everyday places we all occupy, share, and move through. My visual vocabulary consists of the use of line and shape in relation to urban maps, street grids, and shared places in the city. I am interested in place-making – attentiveness, noticing, recalling, and naming – as these practices spring from being present to oneself, to others, and to the environment around you. I am interested in the poetic use of line, understood as a point moving through space. A line can be a mark made on paper, a series of illuminated pixels, a path made by walking, and a narrative. Movement need not be about getting from point A to point B, but as opportunities to appreciate the movement itself. It is in this marginalized space of everyday life that poetic agency for oneself can be generated, as a means to resist homogenizing forces. In contemporary culture we try to make this process of movement as brief as possible, under the paradigms of productivity. Through everyday rhythms, a metaphorical and spiritual power is generated – be it in walking, riding the bus, gardening, making things, or simply sitting still. My projects manifest through drawing, painting, photography, collages, video interventions, walking performances, technological experiments, and in the facilitation of community walks.


Matthew Whitney is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and pedestrian. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington, and enjoys going for walks with his family.

For inquiries on speaking/lectures, exhibition, purchase of work, or commission, please contact matt at matthewwhitney dot com

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