Matthew lives and works in Norwich, UK. His work has been shown in gallery and museum spaces including Tactile Bosch, g39, Oriel Davies, Transition, Outpost and Kingston Museum. Commissions have included projects with the V&A, the British Library and the Poetry Society. He has worked across media, including bookworks, installation and moving image. He studied at Central St. Martins, UWIC Cardiff and Kingston School of Art, and has taught at a number of UK art colleges including UCA Maidstone, Norwich University of the Arts and the RCA.
Matthew Richardson’s work explores how meanings and messages shift, mutate and fragment through the processes and passing of time - what survives, what disappears, and what leaves a trace. These aspects are brought into play by looking at the physical, symbolic and historic properties of objects and the materials they are made from. What links the work is the process of assemblage - of gathering and connecting fragments, by folding, plaiting, fitting and squashing. Oblique and chance connections are found and built upon, allowing the material to evolve its own particular form and identity. The meaning and function of these new images and objects are indeterminate and hover between the abstract, the magical and the everyday.