Matthew Coll is an Irish artist based in the Fingal area of County Dublin, working in painting, photography, sculpture and installation.
The experience of ‘being’ frequently acts as a key site of exploration within my work. Passing and often forgotten moments regularly place themselves as a starting point, using photographs taken throughout my day to create compositions for my paintings. Through the process of abstraction, my paintings obscure the industrious cityscape of Dublin and its occupants; aiming to depict the brevity of time and evoke a sense of fading memories. Conveying our lack of control in life, I let chance and spontaneity dictate the process, submerging, dragging and pouring paint across their surfaces and occasionally reconfiguring their structural components. The paintings further guide the creation of the installation and sculptures in the surrounding space, situating the viewer within its uncanny and constructed environment.
A Glimmer of Light and a Parting Presence