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ABOUT CARP MATTHEW - 

BORN AND RAISED IN BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, I AM A VISUAL ARTIST PRACTISING SINCE 2005 AND LONDON BASED SINCE 2012 WORKING PREDOMINANTLY IN OIL OR ACRYLIC PAINT ON CANVAS AND INK ON PAPER.

MY WORK IS AN OPENLY HOPELESS STRUGGLE WITH, AND ACCEPTANCE OF, THE ETERNALLY UNKNOWABLE NATURE OF REALITY. IT IS ABOUT NOTHING. IT IS ABOUT YEARNING. IT IS ABOUT THE RABID PURSUIT OF PURPOSE AND MEANING IN EMPTY SPACES AND DEAD ENDS, IN BRAIN BENDING-FANTASY AND FANATIC IDEOLOGY, BE IT RELIGIOUS, POLITICAL, OCCULT, ECONOMIC OR OTHERWISE. IT IS ABOUT HIDING AND LYING, FARCE AND THE MYTH OF PROGRESS.

THE FIGURES I PAINT ARE LOST, IN ROOMS WITHOUT DOORS AND VOIDS WITHOUT WALLS, THEIR MUTATIONS MANIFESTATIONS OF DYING SPIRIT AND SICKNESS OF SOUL, OF THEIR OWNERS REPRESSED FEARS, DENIED INADEQUECIES, DERANGED NARCISSISM AND INESCAPABLE SOLITUDE.

THEY LONG FOR WHAT THEY CAN NEVER HAVE WITHOUT DECIEVING THEMSELVES. WORSE THAN TRAGIC, THEIR MOVEMENTS ARE MEANINGLESS, EACH SIMULTANEOUSLY UNDERSTANDING SO FULLY, AND INCAPABLE OF UNDERSTANDING AT ALL.

MY WORK IS A MEDITATION ON THIS PREDICAMENT, EVERY PIECE EITHER AN ATTEMPTED EXORCISM OF FUTILITY OR A DESPERATE GRASPING AT FLEETING BEAUTY AND MOMENTARY LOSS OF SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS TO SAID PLEASURE. A TANGIBLE SOLIDIFICATION OF THE CREEPING NIHILISM THAT PERMEATES EVERY ATOM OF THIS AGE, IT IS AN OPEN ENDED VIEW OF ALL LIFE AS MERE SPECTACLE AND AN EXPLORATION OF THE MIND'S CEASLESS REJECTION OF SUCH. AND ULTIMATELY IT IS ABOUT HOW IT FEELS TO EXIST WITHOUT FAITH IN ANYTHING BETOND LOVE.