Jeffrey Scott Mathews makes process-oriented mixed-media works that incorporate heavy metals, oil paints, watercolors, and the sewing of distressed materials. Through his practice, Mathews searches for a system of organization behind the decay of industrial materials he has witnessed in suffering post-industrial cities such as Detroit, his hometown. For one project, he heated bismuth to high temperatures, watching it crystalize as it cooled to study a form of decay that occurs naturally, subject only to chance and without human interference. In other works, he has used markers and pigments that soak into the canvas or substrate via a corrosive chemical, leaving behind a color burn. All of his work integrates the hand of the artist with the natural outcome of mixing chemicals and materials.