THE END IS WHERE THEY START FROM
The End Is Where They Start From shows a selection of works on canvas by Peter Matthews in the form of hybrid paintings, which the artist has produced over the past year while traveling along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.
The works were entirely painted outside as Matthews ventured along the coast in a nomadic and solitary pursuit to embrace and experience the sublime and the rawness of the landscape. They were attempts to reach out into, and work out (through the act of painting), how to visualise and make sense of a deeply spiritual experience. The paintings are composed from two profound occurrences the artist experienced whilst working along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, sometimes for weeks at a time. These painterly hemispheres of spiritual, physical, mental and emotional experience are held in suspended animation by a single running line of thread, effectively unifying painted and performative voyages and odysseys from two distinct coasts.
Matthews incorporates (both as mark-making and collaged elements) found and handmade objects, such as driftwood (as with the piece ‘Way’, which makes use of found objects from the Pacific coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico, and the Atlantic coast of Cornwall, England) and fired pieces of clay, to further the haptic and materialistic sensibility, as well as to create a dialogue with the sense of place, the animistic, the present and absent, the poetic and mystical.