Miwa Matreyek

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Artist Statement

My concerns as an artist stems from my deep interest in making invisible worlds visible, to create transcendent moments of dream-like transformation, often with scientific ideas unfolding in surreal visual worlds. I am an animator who found her way into performance, through a desire to take a performing body into a more fantastical, transformative realm by combining it with animation – and to make the imaginative worlds of my animations feel more tangible and real by combining with body. At this hybrid point of cinematic and theatrical, the performer can fly, shape shift, embody a multitude of identities, travel through time and space… while also bringing the audience’s imagination along on the ride.

I am also exploring deeper into the mediums and techniques of projected light, performance, and perception – and the resulting sense of emotional transcendence I can create on stage.I am increasingly interested in the paradox of harmony/discord that “human nature” drives us toward with the natural world – we want to control and deny the natural worlds, while being organic beings that yearn for nature. My work unfolds as a visual tapestry of dreamscape/nightmare tableaus.

I am interested in making scientific ideas visible and visceral through the performing body. How would it feel to die, decay, and become part of the earth again? How would it feel to be an out of control weather system? To consume and be consumed?

I want to take the audience on a journey to feel the universe.




MFA, Experimental Animation and Integrated Media, California Institute of the Arts


BA, Honors Art Studio, University of California, Santa Barbara.


2007- present

Freelance animator and designer, various commercial motion graphics companies,Motion Theory, Mirada, Digital Domain, Flux.

Various freelance animation and video design work for theater and dance companies Rude Mechs, 605 Collective, Teeth

Various visiting artist workshops and artist talks while on tour with solo show.

Awards and Honors


Sherwood Award for emerging artists awarded by Center Theater Group, Los Angeles


This World Made Itself, Myth and Infrastructure and Dreaming of Lucid Living

official selection for New Frontiers section of Sundance Film Festival 2014


Creative Capital grant awarded for This World Made Itself


Princess Grace Special Project Grant Awarded for This World Made Itself

ARC grant awarded through CCI

Part of a Create/Cultivate Initiative Grant Project awarded by the Los Angeles

County Art Council via Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock


Princess Grace Foundation Special Projects Grant for individual project, Myth and Infrastructure


Video performance Dreaming of Lucid Living receives Student Grand Prix Award and Audience Choice Award for Best Installation at the Platform International

Animation Festiva


Princess Grace Award for Film received for MFA thesis, Dreaming of Lucid Living.

Performance History

solo video performances (This World Made Itself and/or Myth and Infrastructure)


Luna Fête, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, December

Future of Storytelling conference, New York, NY, Octuber

Metro Union Station, Los Angeles, CA June

Institute of Contemporary Arts, Boston, MA, April

Flynn Center, Burlington, VT, April

Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan, CT, April

Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College, Keene, NH, April

Encore at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, February

Four Sundays in February, Academy of Music Theater, Northampton, MA, February

Out There Festival at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, January

Pulse Festival at Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA, January


Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH, December

Adler Planetarium, Chicago, IL, November

Annenberg Beach House, Santa Monica, CA, November

Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, October

On Edge Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA, September

Nevada City Film Festival, Nevada CIty, CA, September

Anima Mundi animation festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August

Zero1, San Jose, CA, June

Fusebox festival, Austin, TX, April

Counter Currents co-presented by Aurora Picture Show, Houston, TX, April

Future Everything, Manchester, UK, March

Flatpack festival, Birmingham, UK, March

Questfest Visual Theater Festival, Baltimore, MD, March

Visual Culture Lecture Series at University of Minnesota, Duluth, March

REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA, February

PUSH festival, Vancouver, BC, February

Sundance Film Festival New Frontiers, Park City, UT, January


MediaLive! BMoCa, Boulder, CO, November

Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH, November

Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, November

Grand Performances, Los Angeles, CA, June

Exploratorium’s grand opening, San francisco, CA, April

Currents New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM, June

Rhythm and Visions, Expanded Cinema2 at USC, Los Angeles, CA, April

MIT Media Lab, Boston, MA, February

Manipulate Puppetry Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, February


First Works’ Pixelerations at Brown University, Providence, RI, October

ISEA Conference, Albuquerque, NM, September

Musem of Contemporary Art, San Diego, in La Jolla, August

Theatre de la Cité, Paris, France, June


Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Houston, TX,  November

City of Women Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia, October

TBA festival, Portland, OR, September