Using craft, with its connotations of the amateur and exploiting its position in the art world, the work both celebrates the mainstream and also unsettles it, taking objects from their intended role and repurposing them in new situations – creating a visual polari.
Through repurposing and reinterpretation, the work aims to question the stories we are told, explore those we are not told and allow a space for the viewer to reach their own conclusions.
“Ingeniously producing objects that are both reassuringly familiar and strangely new, vibrant and multifaceted, Matt's works are, in the end, irreverent reinterpretations of the ideas of kitsch - clichés that are first emptied, then filled again with ever more loaded meaning.”
Oliver Winchester, Curator
Victoria and Albert Museum