Matt Kish: Moby-Dick in Pictures


In March, the CAC welcomed self-made artist Matt Kish to campus.

Kish talked with students and faculty about his book, Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page. What started for Kish as simple desire for a fresh, creative outlet quickly gained a following.

Kish currently works as a librarian, but never attend art school. He has always had a strong interest in art and has been published in several collaborative illustration projects. However, feeling a lack of creativity in his life, he decided embark on a new endeavor. His mission: create one picture for every page of a book that had inspired him throughout his life—Moby-Dick.

Kish said this project started as a way for him to re-spark some excitement in his artwork, and he began posting his creations daily on his personal blog. His unique method used collages of all sorts of mediums, including pages from old books and a variety of artistic tools, and attracted quite a following on his website. He was soon offered an opportunity to compile and publish his creativity in a book.

Kish has said that the pictures are not necessarily meant as a reflection or summary of the book itself. Rather, these pictures were inspired by a mixture of the events in the book, how he interpreted them, and what it meant for him at that time and throughout his life.

Kish has many other artistic projects he has done, as well as his own website where he shares pieces from current and past projects. To see more of his work, visit these links:

Matt Kish
Moby-Dick in Pictures