Randi Matushevitz creates paintings and installations that respond to the contrarian nature of existence. Her mixed media images are volatile, set in atmospheres built from layers of charcoal, pastel, spray paint, acrylic and oil on paper and/or canvas. They grab you with a holler — a luminous color or a strident pose, then pull you in with whispers — hidden figures, otherworldly apparitions, army tanks. She paints and draws, sprays and scrapes, smudges, collages, and repeats, actualizing a dense surface and depth of field that both embodies and depicts the mutual entanglement and psychic unsettlement of today’s world.
Matushevitz speaks eloquently about the ways in which mixed media allows her access to an enormously varied array of visual techniques, the better to respond in kind to the vertiginous paradoxes of existence. From the problems and promises of globalization and the threats to environmental resources in the 21st century to the most eternal, ages-old strivings of the human heart, in ways large and small we are daily asked to reconcile the conundrums of the life we live. Her art is in some ways nothing more or less than her valiant attempts to do so. In her studio, she is all of us.