I have been diagnosed with a delusional psychosis. So the words are a mix of actual events from my life, mixed with my delusions. They tell stories for me, but the viewer probably takes a different meaning from them.
Recently we did a short interview with artist Matthew Hatt where he tells about his art. In this interview we asked a few more in depth questions to find out the story behind his incredible artwork.
Who influenced you as an artist?
Artist wise I would say Maude Lewis, Warhol and Basquiat. But my biggest influence would have to be the life I have experienced, it inspires me to want to create. I think self expression is very important.
You seem to use a lot of words in your work. Do your paintings tell stories or are they decorative elements of the painting?
I suffer from a mental illness. I have been diagnosed with a delusional psychosis. So the words are a mix of actual events from my life, mixed with my delusions. They tell stories for me, but the viewer probably takes a different meaning from them. I hope people can relate to the stories in different ways. I hope everyone takes away something different.
What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?
I really don’t have a favorite piece. I relate to them all in different ways.
What is the best and worst part of being an artist?
I think the worst part about being an artist, is that someone is always better/more successful then you and that can be frustrating. The best part is that there is no one controlling you, if you create because it’s ‘in’ you, then you can express/say/do anything you want. It’s anarchy. Totally no rules.
Where do you sell your work?
I sell my work mostly online, but there are a local collectors that have quite a few of them.