Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau creates sculptures, drawings, performances and films. His work addresses abject materials, negative affective states, and the ambiguities of language and objects.
His work examines affects, bodies and language through ‘ugly’ techniques and formal qualities. These paintings and animations incorporate words, objects and sometimes a character he calls ‘The Creep’ who facilitates and is subjected to strange processes that allude to an allegorical or mythical function.
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 base them on compositions based on from 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 proposes to make new paintings and animations, developing the work he has been focusing on over the past few years. He will visit 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. As part of the residency Matthew will be delivering a talk and spending time with artists to help them develop their practice.
Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau was an Associate of Open School East, 2013-2014. He runs The Bad Vibes Club, which is a research project into Morbid Ethics, runs Radio Anti with Ross Jardine, and collaborates with Ben Jeans Houghton as the ARKA group. He lives and works in London.