Matthew Smith is an artist making projects in sculpture, drawing, photography and video, which deal with fictionalised and idealised representations of nature and place. His work explores human kind’s relationship to, and philosophical distance from the natural world.
Human beings value nature for its health and integrity over the artificial works of man, seeing it as real or authentic. His work rejects this idea of one all encompassing original ‘nature’ in favour of infinite interpretations, copies and variations of the natural.
Nature is a human construct, the meaning of which is not fixed and permanent but is created, altered and re-imagined again and again by successive generations to many different ends. Matthew's practice reveals and navigates a way through these myriad natures.