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MATT REYNOLDS

United States

Our bodies are pretty fickle vessels. Sometimes they sprout awkward hair patterns, sometimes they refuse sexual arousal, and sometimes they fill with tumors and we die before meeting our grandchildren. They are pretty impartial to our ideals.  

I try to illustrate this uneasy relationship with our material destiny in the sculpture works I create. I consider each sculpture a tactile cartoon of visually manifested bodily anxiety. Taking inspiration from science fiction movie-makeup and vintage cartoons, I render glossy forms out of plaster and varnish that read as disembodied anatomical structures: rotten teeth, genitalia, varicose veins, et cetera. By muddling the approachable aesthetics of cartoons/pop art with visceral anatomical likenesses, I intend to express these anxieties in equal parts of humor and horror.  I want the viewer to feel simultaneously compelled to touch these shiny and brightly colored surfaces while also feeling repelled by their unglamorous anatomical associations.



Matt Reynolds at glogauair.net:
OPEN STUDIOS June 2013
Matt Reynolds // Showcase Project

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