Deeply frustrated by the impact of corporate and political chaos upon our environment and society, Zoe Matthiessen dips her pen addressing topics that impact us all such as plastic pollution, environmental deregulation, corporate greed, deforestation and corrupt politicians. For enjoyment and escape from all of that, she turns to nature and to animals for subject material.
Zoe is a self-taught artist who for years tacked her artwork to trees in East Rock Park in New Haven, CT. She also placed one piece of art in her small apartment window on Broadway each week. Eventually, the work in her window was noticed by Paul Bass, the editor of New Haven Independent, who offered her a weekly spot. She has since been awarded by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration, and has contributed to The American Bystander, The Nation, Alta Journal and Art New England Magazine.
Recent exhibitions include “Seeing Nature Through Art” at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (Oct-26 2019-June 30 2020), solo shows at The New Haven Lawn Club (April 30-June 30 2019), and Endicott College (Oct 2018-Jan 2019) and inclusion in the "Art As Witness: Political Graphics" exhibit at SVA Chelsea Gallery, in NYC.