Matthew Mitchell’s work strives to find a visual language for the duality between our necessarily abstracted experience of place and being in the new digital landscape, and our perception of place and being in relation to the more tangible primeval geological past.
This interplay of past and present place and time exists in the intermingling organic and inorganic forms on the canvas, in the physical act of making the work and in the perceived embodied experience of what is made. The processes used in the studio echo the naturally occurring processes of concealment and revelation in the physical act of erosion in the natural environment. Organic material such as fine river clay taken from the Caher river bed is applied in layers, and then weathered over time. The act of construction in the layering and the deconstruction of etching and sanding and dissolving, and the transformational potential of the material, enables the observed materiality of the landscape to be embodied in the tactile surface of the piece. At the same time, the use of the reflective qualities of enamel on textured coloured surfaces allows forms to appear and disappear, their visual reality in time shifting and impermanent. The inorganic materiality of the enamel and its translucence allows it to be part of the whole, but with a different separate narrative.
2017 COLLISION | SO Fine Art pops up at Blackhall Place, Law Society of Ireland, Dublin 7
2017 COLLECTOR/NEW ORDER, SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin 2
2017 VUE Art Fair – SO Fine Art | Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
2017 MFA Graduate Exhibition, NCAD, Dublin 2016 MFA Group Exhibition ‘Side to Side’, Annex Building, 101 – 103 James Street, Dublin
2016 MFA Group Exhibition ‘Good Tidings We Bring’, Frawleys, Thomas Street, Dublin
Printmaking Award University of the West of England 1986
NAStudio Graduate Award, Studio Residency, 2017
2017 MFA Fine Art Painting, National College of Art & Design
1991 PGCE, Goldmiths’ College, University of London
1989 Fine Art Printmaking (BA Hons, University of the West of England
1986 Foundation Course,Cambridge College of Arts & Technology