Matt Hall "The Things That Became Something Else"
March 8th - April 8th
Creatura House is pleased to present an exhibition by Portland based artist Matt Hall. Using a combination of ethically sourced bones, taxidermy, and found objects, Hall creates delicate, macabrely beautiful sculptures and assemblage boxes that speak to themes of loss, comfort, and transcendence.
Matt Hall grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of Klamath falls Oregon. He moved to Portland Oregon in 1997 to attend the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where he majored in painting and drinking coffee.
He's had a lifelong love affair with natural history museums, taxidermy, hidden spaces, sea monsters, and scientific phenomena.
Matt's work, through the recording, preservation, and recontextualization of natural ephemera and found objects, deals with the intersection of death, memory, loss, perception and wonder. The artist commonly uses articulated skeletons, preserved organs, wet specimens and 17th and 18th century scientific modeling practice to create objects that recall natural history museums or biology labs. All the animals used in his work are roadkill or natural deaths, and are carefully processed by the artist from corpse to finished sculpture. The often damaged or destroyed aspects of the dead bodies being an integral part of the process. The reconfigured skeletons, preserved biological ephemera, and heavy weathering of the surrounding cases, seek to mirror the shadow aspect of memory. A distilled version of what happened. Still very real, but somehow different, changed irrevocably by the schism between the past and the present.
*All biological items were ethically sourced post mortem (donations of deceased pets or roadkill) - no animal was harmed/killed to make this work.