Matt Smith - Still Life With Deer

Matt Smith - Still Life With Deer

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Alongside his ornate inimitable ceramic ensembles, Matt has returned to a love of tapestry and textiles which he’s had since he was as young as eight years old.

Using found pieces, some of which are antique, the tapestry pieces are delicately unpicked and then restitched, usually in wool but also silk depending on the original material.

Matt’s main motivation with the restitching is to take the prime focus out of the works - removing the figures and replacing them with background.  This allows viewers to project what they want to onto the work, and also doesn’t allow the eye to settle on the natural focal point - making them more unsettling and dynamic.

Like the ceramics, the process includes taking historical objects and repurposing them into new situations to tell new narratives.

Matt also works as a curator for museums and art galleries and is a key member of the ‘Unravelled’ arts organisation which offers exhibition opportunities in historic houses. He is Professor of Craft at Konstfack University of the Arts in Stockholm and Honorary Visiting Fellow at the School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.