There is something liberating about depicting oneself in a horrific way with no concerns about resemblance, proportions, or feature placement. It can also be a therapeutic exercise, as the monster can reflect what the artist is feeling in that particular moment. The artist will demonstrate how to create a “monster self-portrait”, using paper, pencils, Sharpies, and tempera paint. A basic monster bust template will be provided to each participant. After the artist’s brief presentation of his monster series, participants will add “monster accessories,” like horns, extra eyes, fangs, wings, etc., with pencils, Sharpie, and tempera paint.

Matt MacFarland employs common materials (dryer lint, butter, toothpaste, and trash) to create work about comedy, tragedy, and how they are intertwined. Recently, he exhibited a series of colored resin sculptures with his studio trash embedded inside and also finished a comic book chronicling his teaching adventures. MacFarland earned a BFA from University of California, Santa Cruz and an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design.

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