by Matthew Drissell
March 6 - April 17, 2015
Center for Faith and Life
Matt Drissell received his B.A. in Studio Art from Wheaten College (IL) in 2001 before moving to Milwaukee, WI, where he received his K-12 Art Teaching Certification from Cardinal Stritch University. During this time, Drissell also taught middle school art in the city. Following his certification, Drissell continued to refine his artistic skills by attending the New York Academy of Art, where he pursued his M.F.A. in Painting. He spent a brief time teaching high school art in O’Fallon, Missouri before becoming an Associate Professor of Art at Dordt College (IA), a position he still holds today. While teaching, Drissell has been apart of a variety of solo and group shows across the nation.
Drissell currently lives in Sioux Center, Iowa with his wife, Becky, his two daughters, Bella and Natalee, and his son, Finley. His newest artwork is currently focused on agriculture and sustainability.
The show on display in the Center for Faith and Life is a series of food-based paintings that explore the effects on industrialized food on our health.
Additional information on Drissell and his work can be found at his personal website.
I live in one of the leading industrial agricultural counties in the country, Sioux County, Iowa, surrounded by thousands of acres of corn and soybeans. This industrialized system became entrenched in the mid 20th Century, as numerous developments in the chemistry lab allowed food to become a quick, easy, and inexpensive affair. This ease though drove out some of the tradition, time and effort previously welcomed in the kitchen, and much of the cost was paid with the degradation of both our land and bodies. Perhaps it is because of this that much of my work focuses on food – the paintings in this Shelved exhibition are created with processed treats, each containing a variety of food products that melt onto the canvas, fused together with industrial chemicals. The resulting colors and textures both attract and revolt.
Ultimately, these works explores the legacy of the industrial food system and its effect on our bodies and health, on our soil and land, and on our national identity.
- Matt Drissell