ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished piece. This week, New York artist Matthew “Mattie” Hillock shows us the process behind his new “gradient_stacks” series.

This body of work is much more explorative than my work last shown at Outlet gallery in Bushwick, which was very-site specific.

I keep all my notes on my iPhone.

My sketches for these “gradient_stacks” though have become landscapes I’ve been creating.

Once I finished creating each landscape, I would then enlarge/distort different sections of the “sketch” until I find myself lost in a color field.


I don’t necessarily have a fully finished result with this work, because I intend on reusing these “sketches” and gradient stacks more meditatively rather publicly, which I think would only be fitting for the subject.

What inspired me was standing in front of Monet’s Hay Stack at the MET. I was there maybe everyday for about a month when I graduated, by myself.

Best viewed at fullscreen, HD here.

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