Artist Matthew Darbyshire critiques the way we consume and collect objects. Through mechanical extrusion, a special shape-holding synthetic clay occupies a space between the compelling desire to repeat, via mechanical reproduction, and the artist’s handmade crafting. In the Xerox series the artist originally responded to objects found in the Nottingham Castle collection, reinterpreting them through analogue 3D modelling, so in mimicry each piece shares the same coiling form but then morphs into less controllable being.
Matthew Darbyshire (b.1977 Cambridge) and now lives and works in Rochester, Kent. He graduated from the Slade in 2000 and the RA Schools in 2005. He has exhibited widely in major London institutions including Tate Britain, The ICA, The Hayward Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Gasworks and The Royal Academy, and elsewhere in the UK including solo exhibitions at The Hepworth, Wakefield; Kettles Yard, Cambridge; Tramway, Glasgow; Manchester City Art Gallery and Nottingham Castle. He has exhibited in numerous museums and commercial galleries across Europe, America and Asia. Darbyshire has permanent public commissions in Holland, Finland and the UK, and artworks in public collections including CNAP, Paris; Arts Council Collection, England; Government Arts Collection, UK; The Hepworth, UK; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK and Deutsche Bank, Germany. He has teaching fellowships from The Slade School of Fine Art, London, Kingston University and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.