Claudia Matoos is currently developing the Series – NOW.
It is a series of drawings in different techniques: graphite, colored pencils, watercolor pastels, dry pastels, Chinese ink and other mixed techniques, on linen or cotton canvas.
The artist addresses current and global themes such as Pandemic, Environmental Preservation, Refugees, Indigenous Peoples, among others, which are part of this Series. This page features 4 drawings and 2 paintings.
SURVIVING THE PANDEMIC
THE PANDEMIC – Cláudia started a series of paintings wich involve the concerns and experiences of everyday life in times of isolation. Now the virtual connections involve us. Cláudia Matoos questions how contemporary man can deal with real and virtual spaces, without losing the connection with herself. “Are we isolated or are we all really connected?
Claudia Matoos is concerned with the “Our Land” and the environmental and climate issues. She believes that our Planet is a living organism. In this series, the artist proposes a reflection on our responsibility to preserve forests, with the awareness of sustainable attitudes, on a global level.
This artwork proposes a question: is the Amazon Rainforest for sale? In this painting we see a barcode over the Forest, with the aim of alerting everyone that the great biomes of the Earth are priceless! There is no way for future generations to survive on a devastated planet.
The tree represented – the Sumaúma, is a colossal tree, which reaches 50 meters in height. It is considered by the indigenous people as a sacred tree, mother of all trees and a ladder to heaven. She is one of the symbols of the “Amazônia.”
This painting below represents a strong look wich promotes a reflection on the ills experienced by indigenous peoples in the Amazon Rain Forest. The red spot, which runs through the forest, is an alert. At this turbulent time in Brazil, it is essential that we all become aware that it is essential to preserve forests and areas destined for indigenous peoples, who are vulnerable, given the advance of agribusiness. These indigenous communities, their culture, values and wisdom need to be preserved and deserve all our respect, worldwide! These peoples are intertwined with Mother Nature, they are part of “Our Land“.
“Primitive Forest“proposes a reflection on time, which is relentless. The actions of men, their unbridled ambition, have caused deforestation. This painting deepens the idea that the Primitive Forest, Mother Nature, is a source of life, but it could quickly run out. We are part of Nature and we must re-establish our connections with the environment. We need to act in defense of life across Planet Earth. The awareness for environmental preservation, responsible actions, can guarantee the life of future generations. The “Primitive Forest,” represented here, is a symbol of all the Forests on our Planet.
Claudia Matoos has lived in Portugal since 2013, where she initially developed a series entitled “Connections with Nature”. The artist immersed herself in the pine forests, cork oaks and olive groves on the outskirts of her studio. The landscape is always in a continuous change made by man. Some changes were captured by Claudia, in photos and films. In her artistic process, she observes, photographs small details of nature, makes quick sketches and collects various local organic materials, to build her visual research archive. This series of paintings and drawings reflects the expression of Claudia Matoos’ metaphysical gaze, as well as the landscape. For her, the Mediterranean landscape is a “laboratory of creation“.
“The pandemic taught us to free ourselves from everything that is not essential to our lives.”
“Mother Nature is a source of life that can quickly deplete. It is urgent that we re-establish connections with Our Earth. We are Nature.”