- Gallery -                    

At the moment my work represents botanical matter: seeds, buds, sprigs, petals, etc. The forms are often distinctly represented, though the colors are often altered and details added. My work is about seeing things, about observing obscure botanical subjects. During the last few years I have been interested in representing seeds, various types of seeds. My seeds are often falling, given a sense of floating, earthbound, mixing together in clouds of various forms. They are often on a pasty white background that creates the thickness of the painting, a texture that gives one the sense of stillness, so thick that it holds the seeds and partly becomes the protagonist of the painting itself. They non longer fall then, but are held into place by this white mass, stuck in a moment of time, stuck in an everlasting moment between falling and stillness. These paintings became about the state of being in movement and the state of being in stillness. It became about the contrast of these two elements that counteract themselves, and which cannot live one with the other.

 Ursula Joell Mathers is a painter and children's book illustrator living in Italy. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, and her children's books have been published by various international publishers and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.


All artwork on this website is copyright and may not be reproduced or used in any way without express permission from Ursula Mathers.