Matthew Allen Clarke

Medium: Concrete

I was trained by Peter Hide and Royden Mills at the University of Alberta, where I graduated from the sculpture program. My sculptures are inspired by Anthony Caro, Pablo Picasso, and Peter Hide.

Karl Marx compared work to slavery, and it really feels like it some times. Like most individuals with an arts degree, I have to work for a living. And that work is concrete construction.

I don’t like it. It’s borish, brutal and boring, but it pays the bills.

So in my off-time, as a way to cope, I take my medium of oppression (concrete) and make totems of elegance and elitism. I take inspiration from Louise Nevelson, Peter Hide and Wassily Kandinsky to make abstract totems that draw in the viewer and inspire awe. I create forms that have elements that are both drawn, sensual  and three dimensional.

Teller was right when he said: “art is whatever you’re doing when your chores are done.”

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