Matt Smart is a sculptor and installation artist. He works in bioresin, jesmonite, fibreglass, molehills and cloth. Smart exhibits in sculpture parks, arts and music festivals, music venues, and outdoor public spaces.
The works reflect the earth as a layered record and influence upon our existences, and the continuum between facts and history, truth and beauty. Our acts leave emotional and physical legacy, creating our paths and growing from the layers that we tread.
Continuity and sustainability are principal themes. He also explores the social treatment of tribes, diasporas and gender.
Matt Smart’s practice is informed through natural resources research, environmental economics, street art projects, music, prehistoric cave art and the origins of transmitted communications and leisure, native north American tribal history, collectives and common land rights, ornamental hermits, and archaeological excavations through which his team located the remains of two Saints and imperial heirs in a Russian forest.
Technically, Smart works to develop new construction techniques and ways to use materials to achieve robust, lightweight sculpture. Such an approach can expand the possibilities of how and where public sculptures are installed (including on walls and roofs, and mobile installations), and to reduce the material input and carbon footprint of public sculpture.
Smart has been sculpting since summer 2014. He established and ran a South London gallery, exhibiting group and solo shows of artists with clinically diagnosed psychiatric conditions. Academically he is published in psychology and psychiatry.
His first solo exhibition was in June 2016. He is on music, arts and fringe festival organising committees and groups. Matt Smart’s sculptures are exhibited in the Nomadic Community Gardens, a brownfield land community project in Shoreditch (the UK capital of street art), in a private collection in Australia, and occasionally at events with a UK record label.
Smart has entered one art competition: ‘Change The World’, about social and environmental responsibility at Oxford City Hall. Of the 200 entrants, his two entries won 3 of the 10 prizes, including the Grand Prize.
The works illustrate relationships between social and personal development, growth, and resourcefulness. They show how the earth gives us physical being, comfort and emotional strength, within a broader connective existence.
They celebrate the earth and us.