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Jessica Matson-Fluto

Born in 1980 in Spokane Washington, Jessica Matson-Fluto studied painting at Minnesota State University Moorhead, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2006. In 2008, she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she studied with Bruce Samuelson, Dan Miller, William Scott Noel, Sydney Goodman, and Vincent Desiderio among others. As a student, Jessica was awarded academic and art scholarships and received an honorable mention in a student exhibition.

Matson-Fluto’s work is included in private and public collections throughout the Midwest. She is employed as an adjunct Drawing Professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead. 

Matson-Fluto continues to display her work locally and nationally and is an active member of the arts community. The artist continues her education by partaking in artist workshops nationwide. 

Artist Statement

"The essence of the figure I portray is begun from my subconscious mind.  Through internal dialogue, a particular thought or emotion will materialize with choice of color and mark resulting in a presence or essence of the human form. These ‘beings’ are often emerging, flickering, dissolving, or trapped in space. Such dreamlike images construe my own journey of self-discovery and represent an ongoing investigation after a life-altering occurrence changed my own perceptions and ways of seeing the world.  That haunting experience prompted an ongoing series of ethereal figurative images and self-portraits that continue to weave through my body of work. 

I make work to learn more about myself, my dreams, others around me, and the spaces and objects that we occupy.  I paint to reveal what I know, and in the process I hope to learn something new."