Exhibition ‘Trouble with History’
4th July – 2nd August
96 North Road
Contemporary artist and ceramicist, Matt Smith will present a brand new body of work during his solo show at Ink_d Gallery
Four and a half years in the making, ‘Trouble with History’ will feature a selection of tapestry artworks, which explore issues of identity and queerness.
In creating these pieces, Matt sourced vintage tapestries and domestic textile kits to unpick, re-work and subvert.
Through his work with the National Trust, co-directing the ‘Unravelled’ project,and with solo shows at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Leeds University Art Collection, Matt has helped gain recognition for marginalised identities and relationships that have traditionally been suppressed.
Matt Smith is the curator and artist behind ‘Unravelled’, a group of artists who use unusual re-workings of objects and situations in and around National Trust buildings and gardens.
The work at ‘Ink_d” is his PHD work where he used the tapestry genre to subvert pictures into hybrid subjects.The colours are vibrant and alluring, the messages subtle, some of the tapestries have strange berry like faces or dangling hair, a treat for me and very inspirational.
He works in ceramics and textiles and also as a curator and historian so look out for upcoming exhibits and events.
Matt Smith artist website
Matt will be Artist in Residence at the V&A Museum from October 2015.