Matuschka attended WINDSOR
MT Prep School located in the
Berkshires MASS in the early
70s. Arriving on the tail end of
the Alice’s Restaurant and the
Arlo Guthrie scene she quickly
installed herself as the artist’s
model of the region while
continuing her art studies both
privately and at local institutions.
At night, she stood in front of her
easel and mirror in a cellar of an
old Victorian mansion vigorously
creating expressionistic works.
Her first solo show at 18 was at
the Lenox Library and reviewed
in the Berkshire Eagle.

The images seen here are
mostly works on paper using
crayon, charcoal, pen and ink,
oil paint and watercolor.

Although Matuschka became more interested in abstract work when
she entered SVA in NYC, if you
scroll to the end of this
gallery, you will see one of
her self-portraits rendered in the
abstract expressionistic style,
20 years later in 1991.

“There is a stark brutality, an
almost hurtful pained feeling in
the paintings of Matuschka now
on exhibition at Prescott College.
A vigorous, dynamic but well
controlled technique supports an
imaginative, almost terrifying
preoccupations with figures and
faces, mostly female.”
Dr. Bruce, Prescott
Daily Courier 1974
 


“Her best single piece here is a caricature
titled “The Model” in which she mixes
humor and irony in the manner
of a German Expressionist.”
1972 Berkshire Eagle