Matt Wilson’s work explores the tension between two forces meeting in opposition, and how balance can exist within this tension. In his practice, these forces have manifested themselves as the relationship between the man-made and the natural, as social hostility, and as cultural conflict.
Primarily through the mediums of lithography, screenprinting and photography, he constructs collaged imagery from found objects and architectural structures and often combines these with typography, flags, coloured smoke, and coastal scenery. His work evokes a strong interest in the visual traces of time created by aesthetic damage on the source materials used.
His most recent work is a project entitled Ten Isles, in which he has constructed a fictional group of islands shaped by conflicting social and ideological forces. The titles within this project are influenced by those used by the Soviet Constructivists, and draw from the aesthetics of iconography, poster-design and propaganda to create myths and legends about these islands and their inhabitants.
Matt Wilson graduated with a degree in Fine Art, from the University of Dundee, where he specialised in printmaking. During his degree, he was selected for the 2014 RSA New Contemporaries Exhibition, where he was awarded the Walter Scott Global Investment Award and the Art in Healthcare Purchase Prize.