Matt Smith

I have collected objects since I was a child. I don’t know why, but the desire has never left me. I am fascinated by collections: how groups of objects can be linked to create an ordered sense of the world.  It is therefore unsurprising that a large part of my practice involves collecting and grouping objects.

When working with ceramics, I regularly scout for objects to cast. Making plaster casts of found objects enables me to use liquid clay to produce near identical copies of the originals that can be then be joined and distorted.  These new clusters, whilst still relating to their originals, create new hybrid groups.



Using craft, with its connotations of the amateur and exploiting its position in the art world, the work both celebrates the mainstream and also unsettles it, taking objects from their intended role and repurposing them in new situations – creating a visual polari.

Through repurposing and reinterpretation, the work aims to question the stories we are told, explore those we are not told and allow a space for the viewer to reach their own conclusions.