Elizabeth Matthews




acrylic on paper, 20 x 16



Without Authentication

74 x 48 Oil and charcoal on diptych panels

Storytelling can have a negative effect on the life of a single individual. Storytellers know that those listening will believe whoever is first to tell and that the story gains credibility by being retold many times. Daniel Kahneman describes this human tendency to believe the first telling of a story in his book “Thinking Fast and Slow.” He says we like to believe whoever is first to tell and as humans we rarely check our sources or give others the chance to authenticate the stories told about them. In this way the human family is easily deceived and may inadvertently participate in sharing false stories that isolate and undermine innocent individuals.

In this artwork the story being told lacks authentication. This is symbolized by the blank color shapes representing a missing Chinese chop or seal that is traditionally used to verify and validate authenticity of a work.

Without Authentication, oil on two panels, 79 x 48
Closeup 1, Without Authentication

Gallop (with apologies to Edweard Muybridge)

25 x 25, oil on canvas

Referencing the iconic, stop-action photographs of Muybridge’s galloping horse, which first demonstrated that a running horse is flying as all four legs leave the ground at once, this work records the implausible dash of an empty chair.

We All Fall Down

19 x 15

charcoal and colored pencil on paper

We All Fall Down
19 x 15
Charcoal and colored pencil on paper

The Innocent

24 x 30, oil on linen

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