Matthew studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art. He currently lives and works in Cornwall. Alongside his studio practice, Matthew has lectured at Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, and Falmouth University.
A Move in Memory
When describing the natural world our language does its best to define what we see. We are often awed and might pause on occasion to capture these moments digitally. But these recorded formats are fallible and ultimately unreliable. Technological advance renders formats obsolete; printed matter fades. In this way our recollections are impermanent, and the images which we commit to memory are similarly temporary, and moveable. We are unreliable witness to the truth of our own experience. The way each of us receives the images of our world is unique. Our ‘camera’ settings differ, as do our recordings. Indeed, our memory playback is laden with white noise, questionable image definition, and distortion; colours shift and camera positions alter; locations merge; time is undone.
I’m interested in this boundary, between the lived and recalled experience. It’s never my intention to relay a specific location, rather, that by embracing this ‘movement in memory’, my painting enables an exploration of the ‘telling’ of these encounters.
Matthew Dixon, 2020