I was thinking about Pan the other day. Peter, that is. The infamous idea of the child that never grows up. He continues to bring a new perspective to the simplest of ideas, he celebrates the mistakes that make us unique, and praises us for standing out. Pan is an idea. An idea that champions us to be different, to not fit into the mold because the mold can not handle how beautiful the individual is.
Matthew Woods is Peter. He always has been. I met him when I was 18 when he still had a mohawk and would sneak me beers. We lived out of a van travelling around the country working for a non-profit, trying to make the world a better place. The idea that stuck with me through that time, and to this day, is that all you need to do to change the world is take care of those that are around you. No matter the familiarity or strangedom. Matthew loves better than anyone I know, and anyone who knows him well knows that for a fact.
Matthew's art is a celebration of simplicity, love, and the freak show that we all are. His life is a statement that clearly defines who he is.
Matthew is a boy that is designing his own world- one that turns society upside down, and forces you to think differently, and while he continues to do so I'll live in that world.