Matthew is a Cincinnati based Artist and student currently attending undergrad at Xavier University. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double concentration in drawing and sculpture. Matthew identifies as a multimedia artist, but he is currently exploring multiple different forms of digital illustration and painting alongside many forms of sculpture including metal casting, lifecasting, and mediaramics. He is also pursuing his K-12 licensure to teach in Ohio. He wishes to pursue a future in Art Education and help the next generation of artists.
Matthew has found that art education can have so much value and can provide so much for a student. The act of art-making can provide solace and comfort to those who are experiencing struggle. It can provide an outlet and a voice to communicate one’s truest thoughts to those who may have previously thought they never had an outlet to do so. Art education has direct and observable academic, social, and emotional benefits for students. And in a confusing and scary world, art can allow students to bring a bit more beauty into their lives.
My name is Matthew Nichols and I am a multimedia artist, primarily focusing on drawing and sculpture. I am a self-taught digital illustrator and an explorative sculptor working with clay, metal fabrication, and other media. I am an artist educator and just as I hope to encourage my future students to do, I find some of the greatest inspiration in asking myself and exploring the big questions. My work is currently exploring topics such as death and entropy and universal decay and how these topics relate to our own lives. Topics such as these can be daunting to approach and depressing to contemplate, however, I have found that some of the most difficult and challenging things to contemplate can prove to be some of the most powerful and impactful teachers. I enjoy taking something that is as vast as the cosmos, and bring it down to a personal level, finding similarities between the human life cycle and the life cycle of the cosmos. After all, entropy affects all without restriction and spontaneously drives everything to a state of disorder, the state of maximum entropy. This means that change is constant and will continue forever, and every present thing will reach its eventual end. This end is the one thing that all things can find commonality in. We can find a significant sense of universal solidarity in death, and in a way, that is unbelievably beautiful.
Piece 1: The Wonders of Darkness and Silence, Digital Painting, 11 x 14.5
Piece 2: The Scholar, Aluminum Sculpture with Marble base, 5 x 12.5
Piece 3: Nothing Happens, And It Keeps Not Happening, Forever, 14 x 7