Matt’s artistic practice involves breaking down accepted ideas into components, which he reassembles into brilliant new narratives. As well making collages, Matt considers the conceptual basis for this type of image making - exploring phenomena such as pareidolia and apophenia in his work.
The use of word-play, satire and fictional narratives are an important aspect of his ongoing collaboration with fellow artist Chris Poolman: BAZ (Birmingham Art Zine). Previous work by BAZ includes a pop-up Artist-led Polytunnel Beer café, an artist / curator blind dating show and more recently, a fictitious futuristic public transport carriage as part of this years Longbridge Light Festival.
For his residency at the University of Birmingham, Matt intends to initially work with the English and Creative Writing departments to develop narratives inspired by the personal stories and curiosities within the collection and archives.
He is also interested in the history and growth of the University’s campus and its surrounding areas, in particular the many domestic dwellings that have been converted to educational facilities. He hopes to engage with staff, students and the public to explore and highlight their untold stories.
Please feel free to get in touch with Matt.
For more information about his work, visit Matt's website.