Matt explores relationships between people and landscapes through playful works which he describes as a way to ‘excavate an archaeology of myths and stories’. His practice is concerned with both the poetics and politics of place which he has explored through a range of diverse landscapes including a former chemical weapons dump in Nottinghamshire, a small piece of the Ulster coastline as well as the desert of New Mexico.
Matt is creating a new performance/event work for York Curiouser which he says, ‘will be exploring the symbolism of the English landscape through the figures of the umbrella and the balloon’.
Matt’s event “Everything There is to Be Known” will take place along the River Foss, from Foss Islands Road right through the centre of York to the blue bridge, on Saturday 28 June from 12 noon – 10pm. Look out for miniature umbrellas, floating and flying along the river.
Matt Hawthorn is Head of Art and Design at York St John University.
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