“My painting and sculpture studios are a total mess with paint splattered and half finished models everywhere. A mess – but a private sanctuary for creating my geometric models that help me better understand human relationships. The simple act of creating is an expression of knowing oneself. An invitation to let go of judgement. An invitation to let go.” – Michael Schultheis
With a background in mathematics and economics, artist Michael Schultheis finds inspiration in the world of analytics. His gestural paintings and sculptures mirror the abstract world of numbers and boldly invite viewers to consider the relationship between math and the human experience. Human behavior, relationships, situational information is all translated mathematically in his work. The speed at which we live our lives, the character traits of individuals, our individual birth locations and orbit can all be explained as velocity, eccentricity and radius. By sharing these stories via mathematics, Schultheis removes all judgment of behavior and simply presents us with what is. This timeless and universal language becomes a way of connecting us all.
His work can be found in the collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; United States Embassy, Athens, Greece & Bern, Switzerland; and the Mathematical Association of America, Washington DC among many others. Exhibitions of his works have been held at the Howard Hughes Institute in Chevy Chase, MD and at the National Academies of Sciences in Washington, D.C.