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Artwork about Strong Women, Groundscapes, Disabilities and miscellaneous. Check the menu for more information on individual artwork.
Homage During the Pandemic and Always
There are five individual "homages." The project started during the COVID pandemic when society appreciated "essential workers" like healthcare workers, teachers, and grocery store workers. As time went on I realized these "essential workers" are indispensable always. They help our society function. I have added a farmer and a bus driver. There are many more. Who else are "essential workers?" Let's recognize, and appreciate essential workers / essential people!
Homage - Grocery Store Worker
We light a candle in their honor. Homage. Acrylics on canvas, gilded wood, electronic votive candle and holder, surface cleaner. 34"H x 25"W
Homage - Teacher
We light a candle in their honor. Homage. Acrylics on canvas, gilded wood, electronic votive candle and holder, fake apple, pencils. 34"H x 25"W
Homage - Farmer
We light a candle in their honor. Acrylics on canvas, gilded wood, electronic votive candle and holder, seeds. 34"H x 25"W
Homage - Healthcare Workers
We light a candle in their honor. Homage. Acrylics on canvas, gilded wood, electronic votive candle and holder, fake vaccination card, empty vaccine vials, hypodermic needles. 34"H x 25"W
Homage - Bus Driver
We light a candle in their honor. Homage. Acrylics on canvas, gilded wood, electronic votive candle and holder, bus passes. 34"H x 25"W
Honor the BeautyMakers
Since ancient times the "beauty makers" have made women feel good. They use skills and products to enhance "beauty." This diptych is an Homage to BeautyMakers. Let's recognize these talented people, essential for our well-being. Light a candle and join me in honoring them. Inspired by a historical photograph from the collection of the Neville Public Museum of Brown County. Each is 24"W x 30"H. Acrylics on canvas. Custom "Larry-designed" wood frames with electronic votive candles, and combs.
Dreaming of the WASPs
Inspired by the WASPs of WWII, the 1,000+ courageous women pilots who served in the Army Air Corps. (Yes, women pilots flew planes.) At the end of WWII, the WASP were disbanded and these remarkable women hung up their parachutes and went home. In 1977, the WASPs were finally granted the veteran status they had been promised. In 2010, they were give the Congressional Gold Medal. Inspirational women! "WASP"=Women Airforce Service Pilots. Acrylics on dyed canvas. 30"Hx24"W. available.
Women in Men's Jobs - 1942
During WWII women did essential jobs to keep factories running. When the war was over, the women went home and the men got the jobs (with higher pay.) This machinist sports an ERA button. Introduced in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment is still not ratified. I hope it becomes part of the US Constitution in my lifetime. Inspired by a historical photo from the collection of the Neville Public Museum of Brown County. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 30"H x 28"W. available
Switchboard" is from a 1960 photo. At that time, switchboard operators manually connected calls by electric wires. Today, mobile phones make and receive calls by radio frequency. Since 1983, virtually 100% of the global population are reached by mobile phones. My, how communications have changed! Inspired by a historical photo from the collection of the Neville Public Museum of Brown County. Acrylics on a dyed canvas; framed with a metal frame. 24"H x 30"W.
Still and Still and Still We Rise Triptych
It took 72 years from the 1848 first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920. The "Still and Still and Still We Rise" triptych explores political activism for gender equality from suffrage to the present. Acrylics on canvas panels, masonite, imitation gold leaf. Individual photos of each protester follow. Each protester-with-sign is 28”w x 44”h. The women silhouettes were made by my brother, Larry Matelski.
The word suffrage comes from the Latin word suffragium, meaning the right to vote. Women in the United States have fought for suffrage since Andrew Jackson's presidency in the 1820s. Before the Civil War, women were allowed limited voting rights in a few states. The first Women’s Convention was held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York. The 19th Amendment, ratified in 1920, granted women the right to vote.
ERA - Equal Rights Amendment
Alice Paul introduced the Equal Rights Amendment in 1923, which reads, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States on the basis of sex.” Congress passed the ERA in 1972, but the amendment was not ratified by enough states to become part of the Constitution.
Dobbs Decision of 2022
The Supreme Court decided Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization in 2022. The Dobb's decision overturned both Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), allowing states to regulate abortion without federal protection.
#MeToo is a global movement that draws attention to sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual bullying. The movement was founded by Tarana Burke in 2006. Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, which provides legal representation to survivors, grew out of the Me Too movement. According to a 2018 study conducted by the University of California and the non-profit Stop Street Harassment, 81% of women and 43% of men reported experiencing sexual harassment or assault. 20"x16" acrylics on panel
It is very hard to have a disability - even today after the Americans with Disability Act. I can only imagine how hard it is in countries without laws and accomodations. 20"w x 28"h. Acrylics on dyed canvas. NFS
This painting speaks to our common humanity. See the ability instead of any disability. Mr. Rogers said it well, “It’s you I like. Not the things you wear”… Not the things you need to see, hear or move, or the color of your hair. (I added that last part.) Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas, 30"h x 40"w. NFS
Isn't this what we all want? People with disabilities are sometimes not seen or are disregarded. This painting can be hung with "Ability" as a diptych. 10"h x 40"w. Oil paint sticks on dyed canvas.
I Feel Judgment
The judgment is present. The other, less than, abnormal, pitiful, courageous, and the rest. The Judgment comes before knowing the person. I tried to show how this feels in this painting. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 40”H x 30”W. NFS
The patchwork repairs of our pavement create lines, shapes and textures. 30"H x 24"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. part of the "Groundscape" series. available
Sometimes it is mesmerizing. The depth, the colors, the shine! It catches the eyes. 30"H x 28"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas, Part of the "Groundscape" series.
Pick 'em Up?
When we look at the ground we see all sorts of things - even money. Do you pick up a penny? A nickel? A dime? How much money needs to be there for you to bend over and pick it up? Something to contemplate. 16"w x 20"h. Acrylics on canvas with coins.
Antique in the Street
I found a terrific piece of iron in the street. It is over 100 years old - an antique. Look for interesting patterns and textures. You, too, may find an "Antique in the Street." Acrylics on canvas. 16" x 16"
In America the Streets are Paved in Gold
Anonymous Quote: Recollections of 1900’s immigrant: “I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, found out three things: First, the streets weren’t paved with gold; second, they weren’t paved at all: and third, I was expected to pave them.” (immitation) gold, silver and copper leafs, acrylics on panel. 16"x16"
Humans spend a fortune on pavement of roads and parking lots. Both to build them, to rebuild them, and to maintain them. Why, they could be "paved in gold" for the fortunes that are spent. Yet. nature finds a way to live. Brava! 20"w x 16" h. Imitation gold leaf and acrylics on canvas. available
Don’t you admire the Dandelions’ strength, tenacity, and resilience? They send down a deep tap root to live in the most inhospitable of places, surviving pavement and chemicals designed to eradicate them. Yet, Dandelions’ bright golden flowers are beacons of hope and a summer to come. I am inspired by the Dandelion to not give up even when faced with seemingly impossible challenges. 12" x 12". Acrylics on wrapped canvas. available
Portrait of Resilience
Dandelions are, quite possibly, the most successful plants that exist, masters of survival worldwide. Dandelions require sun and disturbed soil to thrive. That’s why they seem to “look for" parking lots, roadsides and construction sites. People in the US spend a lot of "gold" to pave over and use herbicides to get rid of dandelions. Yet, they find a way to live. Don't you admire their resilience? 20"x16" Acrylic skins on gold leaf. available
Magic of Water
I have experienced the miracle of water by exercising in a pool. When standing chest-deep in water, the body is 80% weightless, bearing only 20% of its weight. This weightlessness helped me walk again after being paralyzed waist down from transverse myelitis. I celebrate the pool I exercise in.16" x 16". Acrylics.
Earth Fired Inside
I look at the ground and the floor to be safe. Looking at the ceramic tile, it occurred to me that ceramic tile is made of clay or earth. It is fired to a high temperatures and changes from soluble clay to hard insoluble ceramic to a dense watertight vitreous ceramic. Drains are often decorative, too. 16" x 16". Acrylics.
I See Random Acts of Beauty
I look down a lot to navigate our world. I found that beauty is everywhere. Even twigs and leaves blown down on a wet driveway are interesting in their random patterns. Look and you will find beauty everywhere. part of the "Groundscape" series. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 20"H x 16"W. available
Snow, Beautiful Snow
The first snowfall is so pure and sparkling. It is beautiful, but there is a sinister slippery side of snow. 16"H x 20"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. Part of the "Groundscape" series.
Look down and see the textures of the ice on aggregate pavement. Subtle and Interesting. 16"H x 20"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. Part of the "Groundscape" series.
I see ice and feel panic. It is beautiful. But, I do not want to fall. 16"H x 20"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. Part of the "Groundscape" series.
Paved in Gold
For what we spend on our roads and bridges, they might as well be "paved in gold." You can look at the lines and shapes in crumbling pavement and see interesting lines, shapes and textures. 14" x 14" including the frame. Acrylics with imitation gold, silver and bronze leaf on panel.
The U.S. Congress passed an infrastructure bill that funds more than a trillion dollars in nationwide federal spending on Nov. 5, 2021. A lot of Gold! 12" x 12" Acrylics with imitation gold, silver and copper leaf on wrapped canvas. available
Tactile Paving 2
The "tunculateld domes and detectible warning pavers" are interesting to look at, especially with rust. These ground indicators are also known as braille paving. They signal changes in a path including a curb or a change in direction. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 16'w x 20"h. "Groundscape" series.
An Interesting Landscape
I look down and see a landscape. Textures, surfaces, patterns, and colors are everywhere you look. My world is interesting indeed. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 16"Hx20"W. "My World" series. available.
The ground is our foundation - literally. I honor it. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas with gold leaf. Part of the "Groundscape" series.
Even in decay and disintegration the pavement has interesting patterns and textures. 16"H x 20"W. Acrylics on Procion-dyed canvas. Part of the "Groundscapes" series. available.
A Cracked Groundscape-large file
This asphalt is full of cracks. Where will they lead? Fascinating. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 20"Hx16"W. "My World" series. available.
The "truncated domes and detectible warning pavers" are interesting to look at, especially with rust. These ground indicators are also known as braille paving. They signal changes in a path including a curb or a change in direction. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 16"Hx20"W. "My World" series.
I Was Invited to the Party
40"H x 30"W. Acrylic paints on dyed canvas. Please be inclusive of people with all abilities. So, the people you invite, who may have a disability, can also attend your party or other occasion. sold
Let's recognize, appreciate and honor essential workers during the pandemic. Not only are healthcare workers, grocery workers, and teachers important during an epidemic, but they make our communities function everyday. We revere and light a candle in their honor. Homage. Acrylics on canvas, gilded wood, electronic votive candles in holders, fake apple, pencils, fake vaccination card, empty vaccination vials, hypodermic needles, cleaner. 34"H x 85"W
Hello friendly cow. Acrylics on canvas with gold leaf. 12" x 12'. sold
Portrait of a Curious Cow
This cow is coming right up to you because she is curious about your life. Acrylics on canvas with gold leaf background. 12" x 12" sold
Pretty in Purple
This cow is wearing her very best purple coat just for you. Acrylics on board with gold leaf. 12" x 12". sold
"Remember When We Were Young"
30"H x 24"W. Acrylic paints on procion-dyed canvas framed in a tasteful metal frame. These gas pumps are reminiscing about their bygone days when they were shiny and active. They dream of the cars and oil companies they served. These gas pumps were active 1938 to about 1958. available
"All Gas Pumps Go to Heaven"
30"H x 24"W. Acrylic paints on procion-dyed canvas framed in a tasteful metal frame. These gas pumps are remembering bygone days and hope they can be all shine, new and productive in heaven. These gas pumps were active 1938 to about 1958. available
Hallelujah! The gas pumps believe they are going to heaven where they will be beautiful, shiny and new again. The angel and putti will help them. They will be among the brands, buildings and vehicles of their lives. Heavenbound Hallelujah! Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 30"H x 24"W. available
"End of Daylight Savings Time"
Acrylic paints on procion dyed canvas. Framed in a simple, tasteful brown frame. 30"H x 24"W. Tranquil, moody. available
My Heroines: the WASP WWII
Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. Inspired by the WASP of WWII, the 1,000+ courageous women pilots who served in the Army Air Corp. The program was a huge unexpected success. (Yes, women pilots could fly planes.) At the end of WWII, the WASP were disbanded and these remarkable women hung up their parachutes and went home. In 1977, the WASP were finally granted veteran's status they had been promised. In 2010 they were given the Congressional Gold Medal. Inspirational women! 18"H x 20"W. SOLD
Small Random Acts of Beauty
Beauty is everywhere. Even twigs and leaves blown down on a wet driveway are interesting in their random patterns. Look and you will find. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. Framed with a tasteful wood frame. 14"h x 11"w. available.
Here's looking at You
Mini painting. The gas pump is looking at YOU. What is it thinking? Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 4" x 4". sold
I Wonder How the Last Piece Tastes?
Small painting. Yum! Chocolate! What do the Pieces Taste Like? This painting gives an idea. Acrylics. 8" x 8". available.
There's People in them thar City
You may just see the buildings, but there are all sorts of people in them. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 30"h x 24"w. available.
Windows to the Past
With a nod to Rothko. A time-warp with windows lo people of the past. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 30"h x 24"w. available
Two multi-medium pieces that go together. Each is 10" x 10", Dyes, oil pastels, acrylics. sold.
one of the Angular Diptych
close-up of one of the Angular Diptych paintings
One of the Angular Diptych
Close-up of one of the Angular Diptych paintings.
One in the Bunch
Mini acrylic painting. 8" x 8", You know that there is always at least one grape that is slow to ripen. Or, looking closely, another "one" in the bunch. Fun. Acrylics. SOLD
"There's Always One in the Bunch"
Acrylic paint on procion dyed canvas. 11"H x 14"W. Framed in a brown wood frame. See the contrast between the grapes-that-look-like-you-could-pick-them-off-the-painting and the flat circles in the background. Nice, rich smaller painting. SOLD
Another One in the Bunch
I sure like painting grapes. Especially when I see who is in each one. Acrylics. 4" x 4". sold
Grapes in Color
Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. 8" x 8". available
Legacy of a Family Farm
"Legacy of a Wisconsin Family Farm" tells the story of a place. It shows 4 generations of the family and the ways the land was farmed around the view of the farm itself. This farm and the people who farmed the land are most special to me and my family! Acrylic paints on procion-dyed canvas. paints. 30"H x 26"W, NFS
"Delivering a Load of Trees"
Acrylic paints on procion dyed canvas. 24"H x 30"W. Nicely framed in a simple and tasteful, brown frame. Tire tracks from the truck which jumped off the canvas and rolled over it accidentally. Old iron that has become a plant container on a large scale! available. SOLD
We All have Abilities
16" x 20" We all have abilities! - I did this painting because, when I became a person with a disability, I felt invisible and discounted. People may look away from me, not see me, or see only my impairment. I am more. People are not defined by their disabilities. They are so much more. Each person has wonderful abilities and deserves to be treated with respect and inclusion. Discover their abilities. -This painting shows a variety of people including Stevie Wonder.
Sweet Dreams. Grace
"Sweet Dreams, Grace" is about my granddaughter and her favorite stuffed animal, books, and her kitty. This painting helps to remember the little girl who is now in high school and turning into a remarkable young woman. 20"H x 16"W.
Story of a Line and a Shape
15"H x 30"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. This reads like a storyboard. The line becomes a rope and the circle becomes a ball. The story shows the balls being lassoed. Available.
Story of a Line and a Shape - Oh N
Story of a Line and a Shape. Oh No! Some Escaped! 15"H x 30"W. Acrylics on procion-dyed canvas. Storyboard style tale of a line, which becomes a rope, and a circle shape. The circles are lassoed, but, some pieces of line and some shapes escape. Available.
Into the Sunrise
Relief-like qualities and layers of dyed silks and acrylic glazes. Shimmering quality. Wrapped canvas. 30"H x 24" W. available
20"H x 16"W in a black metal frame. Procion dyes and acrylic paint on silk noil. Flowers are a beauty of nature and get deconstructed all the time from wind, water, or man. Yet their beauty is undiminished. SOLD
20"H x 18" W. "It's Complicated" has many layers of dyes, paints and glazes. It is framed in a black wooden frame. Quite lovely, actually. SOLD
"Wynton Marsalis and All That Jazz"
Acrylic paints. 11"H x 14"W. In a beautiful, simple-but-rich mahogany frame. See the sounds, rhythm and complexity heard at a Wynton Marsalis jazz concert. SOLD
Leaves Gone Buggy
16"H x 20"W. Acrylic paints on procion dyed canvas. Vibrant colors with texture show a closeup of these leaves that insects also liked. Yum. Framed in a bright green metal frame. It may sound gauche, but looks pretty funtastic. available
Leaves in a Row
20" x 16" acrylic paint on procion dyed canvas. Vibrant exercise using color. Tastefully framed. available
Outstanding in its' Field
Acylics and Mixed Medium. Framed in a simple, tasteful brown wood frame. Old iron respected for its contributions. Tire tracks running over the page. 24"H x 30"W. available
We First Met in Chile
This painting is of me holding my 2-month-year-old son, Peter, the first time we met in Chile in 1987. I hope you can feel the immense joy of the occasion. How lucky I am that he came into my life! 20"H x 16"W. NFS
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