About Melissa Matthews
28 year old, mixed-media artist and illustrator from Brooklyn, New York. She is of Afro-Trinidadian descent as such, her practice revolves around straddling a cultural divide. Matthews focuses on reconciling said concerns by constructing spaces in which realities and perceptions of "twoness" co-exist. She holds a Bachelor Fine Art degree from Howard University and currently splits her time between the East Coast of United States (primarily Washington D.C. and New York City) and her cultural home of Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies.
My work is a direct reflection of reconciling two realities- an American who
isnít so American and a Trinidadian that isnít so Trinidadian. Studies in
challenging, dissecting, and re-imagining dichotomies of the human
condition and experience, my practice examines these issues through a
variety of media most particularly, drawing, painting, installation and