Art and Walking
I make art rooted in the everyday practice of walking places around the Pacific Northwest. I combine smartphone GPS tracking apps with traditional drawing mediums as a means of excavating how a line, understood as a point moving through space, can be a mark made on paper, a series of illuminated pixels, or a path made by walking. Learn and view more.
In my recent paintings, I am exploring the relationship between myself and the object, as it is being made. In this way, the painting and I are companioning one-another. I begin as we all do, by bringing my language, experiences and contexts. Then I start with something – most often a doodle or semi-autonomous line. For days or weeks, I will sit with the image, and listen for what it needs to be, and I do my best to respond to that. I’ll often leave multiple “unfinished” paintings, just to be with, and will contemplate them off-and-on for long periods of silence. When a painting speaks back, when it pulls at me, and carries in it a spark that is undeniable, I will listen and respond by continuing to work on it. Learn and view more.
I am a practicing spiritual guide and am receiving new clients. Working with a spiritual guide can awaken you to new possibilities, new connections and a new sense of meaning in life. My approach to spiritual guidance is to simply hold a listening space in a one-on-one session, in which you can explore the things that matter to you. Learn more.
Writing on Art
On my blog I write about art practice, everyday spirituality, musings, and events. Read more.
About Matt Whitney
I am a multidisciplinary artist, spiritual guide, educator, and pedestrian. I currently work as the Creative Director for SDI – The Home of Spiritual Companionship. I live and work in Seattle, Washington, and enjoy going for walks with my family.
I am available for commissioned artwork, retreats, lectures, exhibits, and of course, one-on-one spiritual guidance. Please contact me with inquiries!
My walking practice, my studio practice, and my home all benefit from the land on which I live and work. I acknowledge this land as stewarded and blessed by the first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People. I offer gratitude to the land itself and the Duwamish Tribe, and I support their fight for federal recognition and reparations through the Real Rent Duwamish movement.