Matthews Challengers work is a reaction to his environment, of both social and physical spaces. His work is biographical and, in some cases, direct snapshots / recreations of things he has seen. His working class and rural market town background highly influences his work, especially the visual culture of his immediate surroundings, such as butchers’ signs to homemade posters advertising a ‘sensual massage’.
During Matthews residency he plans to experiment with new techniques and materials, exploring sculpture using materials that resonate with him such as tarpaulin and netting, that he used on a daily basis in his previous jobs. This research and experimentation will help inform larger pieces of work. He also plans to produce a publication of work created throughout the residency.