Matthew Aaron Aicher’s imagery explores the vast world of the emotional landscape. His goal is to illuminate through the medium of photography, using both traditional and non-traditional techniques the interconnectedness that lies between humans and that of the rest of the natural world.
A curiosity and a deep appreciation for the earth's stunning beauty were imparted and blossomed at a very early age. Sparked by the encouragement of both his mother and father to explore the forest and waterways while on family camping trips to the Door Peninsula of Northeastern Wisconsin. Spending untold hours with his sibling hiking, skipping stones, counting stars and countless other adventures. Exploration that continues today.
It starts as a very personal journey of exploration and that of creating images that speak to him. Combining that with staying true to his daily mantra of "Be the change you wish to see in the world"― Mahatma Gandhi. Sharing with others his deep respect for the environment through his imagery and story telling. Knowing that art has the ability to be a force for positive change.
Being in total awe of nature, and inspired by the world around him, allows for infinite possibilities. Whether it’s from an amazing musical composition, the hues of autumn or a passage from the Tao Te Ching.
His body of work is greatly influenced by music. Bringing the rhythmic quality to the forefront. Landing his work that is best described as somewhere between a still photograph and that of a painting. Using his camera much like a painter does with their brushes and the light as his palette of hues. All of the techniques that are present in any of the completed images are applied at the time of exposure and in-camera. It’s about those ephemeral moments in time when sight and sound harmonize.
Experiencing his imagery can open the door to one’s emotions and appeal to our own Spirituality, bringing awareness to the nuances of life.
He graduated with a degree in photography from Milwaukee Area Technical College and has spent the last 32 years photographing from his unique perspective. His work has been displayed in galleries and group exhibitions within the Great Lakes region. His photographs have also been honored with awards and recognition at art festivals that he participates in throughout the Midwest.
He simply feels blessed to be a witness to the light.
The Link Gallery/WDNR-Door County State Parks "Five Jewels In the Crown" exhibition ~ 2000
White Bear Center for the Arts 28th Annual "Northern Lights" Juried Fine Art Exhibition ~ 2002
Mount Mary University-Marion Art Gallery "Beyond Tradition" W.D.C.C. annual group show ~ 2003
Francis H. Hardy Gallery's "51st Annual Juried Exhibition" ~ 2013
Francis H. Hardy Gallery's "53rd Annual Juried Exhibition" ~ 2015
Miller Art Museum’s “Parks of Door County: Photographs Inspired by State & County Owned Properties” exhibit ~2015
Door County Chamber of Commerce Official Vacation Guidebook ~ 2001
Door County Chamber of Commerce Official Vacation Guidebook ~ 2003
Milwaukee Public Schools Fall Recreation Guide Ad Campaign (Print & T.V) ~ 2002
Potawatomi State Park visitor newspaper ~ 2002 through 2016
North American Nature Photography Association ~ Print journal "Expressions" ~ 2007
North American Nature Photography Association ~ Magazine "Currents" ~ 2012
Door County Land Trust ~ “Landings" journal ~2016
Door County Land Trust ~ "Landings" journal ~2017
Aspen Creek Photo ~ #PRINTSHOWANDTELL interview ~ 2020
"The 12 Project:Meditations " ~ 2013
“Rythmn & Hues-Door Peninsula” ~ Coming Soon!
Juried Fine Art Festival Award(s):
Merit Award ~ 2002 Bayfield Festival of the Arts
Merit Award ~ 2004 Octagon Art Fair
Best Of Show ~ 2007 Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair
Honorable Mention ~ 2008 Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair
Honorable Mention ~ 2009 Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair
1st Place Two Dimensional ~ 2012 Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair
Purchase Award ~ 2014 Art Fair on The Green
2nd Place Two Dimensional ~ 2017 Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair