Matthew Woodson | Neither Here Nor There
There’s something terribly missing from Matthew Woodson’s graphic designs. Yet I can’t stop looking.
The Chicago-based graphic designer graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in early 2006. Shortly after, he was commissioned by Margeotes, Fertitta & Partners in New York to illustrate the Perry Ellis Fall/Winter 2006 campaign. Since then, his illustrations have been featured in Chicago Magazine, Digital Kitchen, New York Magazine and more.
Woodson’s illustrations read like graphic novels, telling painful and often twisted stories from a distorted perspective, blending stark whites with cool tones to create a static look undercut by the flow and movement of liminal figures: ghosts, skeletons and barely-there angels.
His work pulls the viewer into an abject space, a place between past and present, between the dead and the living. He capture a nowhere space, neither here nor there. This is a place where the edges blur: where flowers can be mouths, and faces melt away in the mirror’s reflection.