‘Tat Tvam Asi’ by Matthew G. Lewis
Artist: Matthew G. Lewis
Title: ‘Tat Tvam Asi’
Medium: Graphite on paper
Dimensions: 7.7″ x 5″
Year of Creation: 2021
About the Artwork:
“How often do we find ourselves feeling we’ve been bamboozled… yet, again?
Repeatedly, at the gates of nirvana we come across something so moving and magnificent that we exclaim, “This is it! This is the thing I’ve been looking for!” We’ve finally found (another) utopia, (another) savior, (another) raison d’être… what we and everyone else has been missing.
Then, crowned with a new vision for dividing ‘our truth’ from ‘their lie’, we turn from the gates and march forth, zeal in hand, on another ultimate crusade – our righteous indignation licensing us to show everyone else their error.
Then… over time… we realize…
“This is not it. This is not the thing I’ve been looking for.” Our utopia isn’t that perfect, our savior doesn’t really save, and our raison d’être isn’t very reasonable… something is still missing.
Newly sober and further from the gates of nirvana, we find ourselves feeling bamboozled… yet, again. Who out there is deceiving us? Are we deceiving ourselves? Or, both?” – Matthew G. Lewis
About the Artist:
Born in the Deep South, entangled in the kudzu of ignorance and fear, Matthew seemed destined for a lifetime of servitude and devotion. However, his years at Savannah College of Art and Design cultured a blight of reason and suspicion that would wither Matthew’s holy heart. Currently, Matthew festers away in the Pacific Northwest whilst conjuring images with his loathsome tools of pencil and brush.