Matthew Keller


About Matthew

The work that I produce examines the many differing aspects of organized religion and the individual; sexual repression and ties to religious belief, martyrdom, deep questioning of humanity’s involvement concerning devotion to holy beliefs, and a struggle to understand the importance and changes that effect religion over time.

I strive to understand  the origins and bindings that both religious and moral teachings leave with us all. I choose to explore inconsistencies with my own beliefs and the contradictions involved in many of the churches teachings. This is accomplished through minimal figure work, obstructed line drawing, and conceptual text work, all of which are integrated at times. I like to use materials in new and differing ways, exposing what’s lies behind paint, graphite, and even walls, to mirror social barriers. The materials many times are meant to break down and change over time, to mirror the belief that all ideas and understandings change repeatedly in our lives.

The work produces feelings of alienation, misunderstanding, inconsistency, confusion, and duplicity, all intertwining with issues of sexuality, guilt, and depravity of the blessed and the sanctified. These connections allow me to question my own train of thought and push for moral understanding.