Matthew Boulay is no stranger to the stories of war. Having served six years as a reservist before being activated as a Marine in Iraq, Matthew became sensitive to the way our country reflects on its history and its wars.
“My passion lies in using art to tell stories, and I am particularly interested in the stories that we tell ourselves about war, and about the men and women who fight our wars.”
Working primarily in painting and large-scale installations, Matthew plans to work on four pieces during his residency, two of which require viewer participation.
The series of paintings, American Timeline, American Lethe, invites audience commentary and reaction which is then incorporated on the artwork.
We Think We Gave in Vain, is a large-scale living instillation which invites its viewers to take a telegraph and plant grass seed as a demonstration of how we both honor and forget our own history.
As an emerging artist who recently completed a doctoral program in sociology and education, Matthew has experience teaching and mentoring at all levels of K-12 and post-secondary education and places a high value on accessible education.
“I plan to maintain an open door policy for all Chemeketa students, faculty and staff and hope to work closely with Chemeketa student-veterans who are interested in using art to tell their own stories.”
Matthew plans to have another exhibition an artist talk at the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery in January 2016.
Matthew Boulay, artist in residence
Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery (Bldg. 3, Salem)
July 13-August 13, 2015
9 am-5 pm