I am a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and pedestrian, living and working in Seattle.
My studio practice moves between drawing, painting, photography, collages, video, walking , tech, and stillness. I make personal cartographies: medium and large-scale works rooted in the everyday places we all occupy, share, and move through. The visual vocabulary in my work consists of the use of line and shape at varying scales – doodles in a sketchbook, urban maps and street grids, and abstract geometries. I am interested in charting and mapping the layered and singular totalities of our spaces; the geographical, collective, and personal – in which we engage our whole selves through processes of attentiveness, noticing, recalling, and naming. These practices spring from being present to oneself, to others, and in connection to the environment around you.
In my day job, I am the Creative Director for Spiritual Directors International. We are a learning community for people who provide spiritual care, engage in the vocation of spiritual direction, and we advocate for the ancient practices of spiritual companionship and deep listening. You can find some of my work there in the form of photography, video, design and illustration. I also host a podcast called SDI Encounters where we engage in conversations around spiritual direction, contemplative practice, and spiritual care.
I am also a certified spiritual director through the Spiritual Guidance Training Institute, an interspiritual program sourced in the Perennial Tradition, which explores, recognizes, and celebrates the deep mystery and wisdom that arises out of all the world’s mature spiritual traditions. I have also completed facilitator training in InterSpiritual Meditation, a resource for helping others discern and create authentic contemplative practice.
For inquiries please e-mail me at matt at matthewwhitney dot com. You can also subscribe to my once-a-year-or-so newsletter about exhibits and other happenings.