Heather Matthew


Pottsville, Australia

Preferred artistic medium

Collage, Contemporary, Installation Art, Paper Art, Printmaking, Sound Artist, Textile & Fibre Art

Art level career

Mid career


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Paper forms the basis of my art, in collages, artist books and prints. It is both my material and my passion. Papermaking is a vehicle through which I can express complex concepts. Paper has memory and is a carrier of ideas and narratives. Through print and bookmaking I engage with the interstice of art and science, the discourse between the physical and metaphysical, the analogue and digital. This influences my underlying belief in the interconnectedness of all things, time, people, places, the environment and the invisible vibrational waves which connect us to the greater cosmos.
Experimenting with paper brings unexpected results. Folding, manipulating, tearing, stitching and scrunching reveal its resilience, and allows for multilayered narratives to emerge. It is my vehicle to create personal and political narratives, including works about inclusion, resilience, climate change and the inhumanity of Australia’s treatment of refugees. 

I am open to opportunities to exhibit both in solo shows and group exhibitions including collaborative work especially exhibitions with themes relating to politically engaged and social issues.