Class of 2022 • Painting

Matthew Coll

National College of Art and Design


Graduation Year
Class of 2022

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, obscuring the industrious cityscape of Dublin and its occupants. Aiming to depict the brevity of time and evoke a sense of fading memories. Whilst conveying our lack of control in life, by letting 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 installations and sculptures in the surrounding space, situating the viewer within its uncanny and constructed environment.
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