Obscure purpose, lost history. Finding an ancient machine part on a deserted beach is my kind of spiritual moment.
I picture my creations similarly being found by an yet-unknown culture in an uncertain future. Artifacts found and re-purposed; objects having their own evolution, including dead-ends, mistakes and miscalculations. The pieces may be functional in a Rube Goldberg-esque fashion… or purely dys-functional. A bit of fiction within the function, and function within the fiction.
Matthew became an artist full time in 2001, showing work at high end arts/crafts festivals around the country.
His work has moved away from traditional materials and aesthetics, becoming more worn and industrial. Titanium is the predominant material, involving machining and TIG welding alongside traditional metalsmithing methods. Precious metals and stones, occasional found objects, and other alternate materials complete the work. Primitive mechanics and a sense of lost history drive the functionality and aesthetics.
Matthew relocated to the Northside of Pittsburgh in 2013, after many other country-wide moves. Luckily, his wife Brianna Martray came with him.