I began making art at an early age for the simple fact that it brought me pleasure. The realization that I could communicate emotions, thoughts, and ideas visually through images and objects was quite appealing to me as a child and it remains appealing to me today. I truly believe that art can influence significant changes to the way we think and go about our daily lives.

I communicate with work that is rich in associations. The materials I choose and the forms that they take reference many objects and events that are both natural and man-made in the world around us. Often I bring things together that do not have an obvious relationship to one another. Many times the result is something common being rendered unidentifiable and mysterious, opening the imagination of the viewer.  Other times the result is that the viewer looks at something with a fresh perspective or an interest may arise in the viewer where one had not existed before.

Over the years my work has evolved in many different mediums and forms in response to my environment and circumstances, yet many of the themes, ideas, and influences have remained constant. One major theme in my work is the tension created by what are commonly thought of as opposing forces. Some examples are - permanence versus decay, private versus public, vulnerable versus protected, order versus chaos, masculine versus feminine, and artificial versus natural.  I believe that many things that appear to be opposed have much more in common than what is socially accepted. It is this lack of acceptance that creates tension.

I am currently working on a series of photographic still lifes that walk the thin line between representation and abstraction. I set out to create a dialog between the objects that I choose to photograph and carefully orchestrate a composition with these objects. After spending a great deal of time and attention to the placement and lighting of these objects I begin to photograph them using a homemade viscous lens to create chaos to these meticulously composed still lifes. The results are often disorienting. The photos that have appealed to me the most are those that reveal the "undisturbed" still life as well as the distorted one in the same frame.

My work continues to progress as I push my ideas and the materials I work with further and present myself with new challenges. I have found that the work that ventures into the unknown, that creates a sense of wonder, has been the most successful in bringing to the surface the hidden memories and desires belonging to myself and the viewer.
© Matt Pych 2007