Focusing on social questions, and on the notions of value, Matt Small create amazing mosaics, that caught I Lobo You‘s attention. Originally a painter, Matt Small has a strong, and iconic style, often preferring everyday objects to expose his artworks. Keep reading and let yourself be impressed by these modern mosaics.
The theme of my work is young, dispossessed people: individuals who feel undervalued, who don’t have a voice, who get looked over.Matt Small
The idea that everything has potential commands in Matt Small’s studio, and he follows this philosophy in all his artworks. The modern artist approaches the case of ignored, both in terms of matter and material, preferring oxidized pieces of iron, bits of old copper, and wrinkled aluminum strips that have been relegated to the trash to construct his metallic portraits.
Besides using ignored materials, Small expresses the ways adolescents are marginalized and subsequently not seen as viable members of society with his mosaics. The goal is to pair a portrait of a young person on a used material to construct a mosaic face, showing everybody and everything show have the possibility to be seen and heard, as valuable and of worth.
Expressive and emotionally charged, the corroded mosaics link rampant overconsumption and widespread tendencies to throw away what’s considered old and with no value.
I thought it’d be interesting to connect the two – that oven door, that shelving unit, that piece of trash to someone – I don’t see it like that, I see that it can be something beautiful and worthwhile. That’s how I see our young people too. Let’s look at their potential, at the hope that’s in all of themMatt Small