Thursday 15th August 7pm
Saldanha Suite, Artlink, Fort Dunree
Matthew’s creates sculptures, drawings, performances and films, employing abject materials and ‘ugly’ techniques. His latest animations are made with the ugliest animation technique from recent history - Flash animation - a style last used in the early days of the internet, before bandwidth rose to allow for streaming video. As he developed these animations, he began to make ‘digital paintings’, and based them on Medieval religious painting which to modern eyes often appear ‘ugly’ or naive because of the different pictorial conventions in that era.
For this residency, he is making new paintings and animations, developing the work he has been focusing on over the past few years. He has been visiting sites of interest in the local area such as old monastic sites, as well as speaking to local historians and artists to develop a better understanding of how the history of Irish Medieval art is embedded physically in the landscape of Donegal, and how that history is represented in contemporary culture.