I began creating at an early age, just like most artists, but I did not find what I consider to be my "calling" until I learned how to weld. My day job gave me the opportunity to pick up this valuable skill and it did not take long for my creative side to pull me into the direction of sculpture. It started slowly and simply with animal sculptures made from recycled bolts, nuts and other steel scraps. In April of 2014 I installed my first outdoor sculpture, Deep Breath. Thirteen feet tall, made from various scrap steel, with a caution light for his head, he now stands in Kenosha, Wisconsin. After completion of Deep Breath, I was determined to push myself to create something unlike anything I have ever seen. I took on a project more difficult than I could have imagined and the results became my first entry to Artprize in 2015. Piano, Reimagined as a Trotting Horse was my first large scale kinetic piece. In 2016, I created something that comes completely from the heart. 1380 Screws is my attempt to share with the world a visual representation of the life of someone with Cystic Fibrosis.
Matt's ArtPrize Entries
These are Matt's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.