Heath Matysek-Snyder is a former Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts (VCUarts). He taught in the Department of Craft/Material Studies, where he was the Wood/Furniture Design Area Head from 2012-2019.
He earned his BFA from VCUarts in 2000 and his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. Heath has been an Artist-in-Residence at San Diego State University, at Designed Objects Tasmania, in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia and at Tongji University's College of Design & Innovation, in Shanghai, China. Additionally, Heath has been a participating artist at Emma International Collaboration, in Ness Creek, Saskatchewan and has taught Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, in Deer Isle Maine.
Heath is now studying/training to become an EMT, Firefighter and Paramedic in California.
“There are two ways of looking at life. One is as though there are no miracles, the second is as though everything is a miracle,”
The world around us is a nifty place, and I fall strongly into Einstein’s second category of viewing it. I am fascinated by the goings on around me and because of that fascination I greatly enjoy the learning process. Whether it is learning a new skill or technique to utilize within my creative process or playing a new game, I have a passion for what I do not know and a yearning to explore. I think that I am hardwired as an investigator of things. Being an aesthetically minded individual, I am intrigued with what I see. The constant input of visual information is unending...it never shuts off. It is always chugging along, adding bits and pieces to the aesthetic lexicon, the visual data stream, possibly to be used later, but maybe only to inform at that moment. I find it quite beneficial to view the world around me in a very cognizant way. Being aware of proportion, line and form in my daily routine provides me with a greater understanding of where I fit into the puzzle. In addition to being a visually engaged person, I have an insatiable appetite for what objects feel like. Gathering and cataloging information through my fingertips borders on an addiction and is an essential part of how I analyze the world. The data that is transmitted to me by touch is amazingly informative. It allows me to process visual stimuli in a very direct manner, transferring pattern, texture and structure into a tactile language that I am fluent in.
P.S. - My symbol is a goat. It's name is Lava. Look for Lava in a woodshop near you.