Matt O’Brien is an artist based in the Northern Rivers of NSW.
Matt completed an Honours Degree in Contemporary Visual Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Education at Southern Cross University. He has also taught in various visual art disciplines in TAFE NSW and private tuition.
Matt’s works are essentially psychological maps of being present in the places visited – the shift in perception, noticing self talk, discovery of the dialog of place and contributing to the conversation.
There is a continual theme of revisiting – physically and mentally – its a busy place. It is part of a long timeline of many years of quiet work, in which many works are also revisited and reworked to make sense of a relationship with place – often years apart.
Think of two light beams – if they are of the same intensity and are in sync it will be brighter. Conversely if the conditions are just right and they are out of sync – well then there technically should be darkness – it is a fine line. It cant always be bright. This is the balance that is elucidated in Matt’s practice and studio production.
A strong mark maker, Matt transcribes places visited via drawing painting and digital mediums.