Matthew Hamilton

Gallery Affiliations: David Lusk Gallery

Region: Northeast

This work sprang from my interest in how we try to manipulate nature to assert control over it. I depict how the environment can grow out of control and become an inevitable consequence of human tinkering, which can be clumsy, awkward and sometimes destructive. The hybrid tree-like forms in my work represent grafted parts of homes, lumber, plant-life and even ornament. Eventually, the line between natural form and unrestrained excess becomes blurred.

My creative process starts by looking at the world around me and through the use of media. Photography, the internet and periodicals that I have collected help me turn reality into fiction. But it is in the act of mark making and attention to detail that the work begins to build it's self.