Lorena Guerra Matteucci (M3AT)
M3AT is the alias of Lorena Guerra Matteucci, a Portland-based artist of Mexican heritage who works with acrylic and gouache paint on wood panels.
M3AT strives to capture the balance between waking and sleeping, spiritual and terrestrial, beauty and horror. They are inspired by nature, dreams, emotions, and the curiously morbid. Their work is centered around bold colors, flowing lines, and otherworldly beings.
They love dwelling in the small details and like to think of each paint stroke on a panel as a piece of a never-ending fractal. Art gives them the chance to break the rules, let go of control, and bring new creatures, deities, and worlds to life. M3AT envisions surreal landscapes from another universe - perhaps one hidden in ourselves, produced by the chemicals and electricity flowing through us.
Common themes the artist seeks to explore are cultural boundaries, feminine power and instinct, the great mystery of our creation and self-awareness, and mortality.
The lush and majestic landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, often overcast and rainy, and always offering solitude have directly influenced the artwork of M3AT. The artist also can't watch enough horror movies - of any caliber.