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The Days Go by Like Wildness

Colin Matthes, The Days Go by Like Wildness, pencil on paper, 9 x 12 inches

I draw with my kids, who are seven and five years old. Their freedom and joy while drawing is contagious. Once the kids are asleep, I unwind by drawing in my studio or on the couch while watching shows and having a few drinks with my wife. In the morning we start again. This daily drawing cycle produces cathartic, satisfying drawings of moments piling up. They combine imagination, influence from the kids, objects we live with, and narratives from books and shows. I have abandoned indecision and self-consciousness, making these drawings without an agenda. I simply draw because I draw. As my daughter says, the days go by like wildness. I am more free than ever.



Colin Matthes (Milwaukee) grew up on a farm on the outskirts of a village with three bars, a post office, and the world’s greatest junk parade. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design and a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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