AP ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: HADLEY MATTOCKS
I am the product of a family of artists, not only in the traditional sense of painting but of art history, graphic design, cars, sports, etc. Growing up, my family exposed me to creativity and beauty in all aspects of life, from museums and professional sporting events to high tea and graffiti parks. The result has been my continued interest in seeking out and creating beautiful, emotionally complex art.
All throughout lower and middle school, I was dedicated to music and visual arts such as painting and drawing. It wasn’t until high school that I explored photography. Due to my ADHD, my brain is constantly jumping from idea to idea. Photography allows me the creative freedom to capture the world in a split second and share the inner workings of my brain with others. Throughout my time in the photography program, I have used my varied interests and view of life to enhance my projects and catalyze my experimentation. For example, during Photography III, I spent an entire semester focusing on the emotions of sports, specifically basketball and hockey. Having grown up an athlete, I have first-hand experience with the beauty of competition. Although others might look at basketball and see a bunch of sweaty, aggressive players, I see the pain, the joy, the struggle, and the love of the sport just seeping through their pores.
My AP concentration focuses on my perception of family units and the meaning of family. Usually, one defines family as blood-related or by marriage, but I believe love is what makes a family. To me, families feel like quilted blankets--a collection of memories and members all knit together by love, determination, and commitment. As a result, my pieces are all multimedia collages. I couldn’t find a way to truly express the messiness and explosive love of families while staying within the realms of a traditional AP photography project. I hope that my art inspires you to reevaluate your own families and what it means to love another, as this project has for me.
Photography is a passion that has only begun, and as I go through the rest of my life, I look forward to growing my technique and experiencing the world through the lens of my camera.
Hadley is a unique artist who is self-driven and extremely clever when it comes to her ideas and experimental processes. Hadley is a very curious student who is not afraid to take chances and try new techniques as well as creating her own. She is one of the most independent working students I have had at ESD. Hadley has become an excellent photographer in the last four years and it has been an honor to be her teacher.
- George Fiala, AP Photography Teacher