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Heath Matysek-Snyder
Virginia

Artist Statement Submitted 2014

Currently, I investigate the bundling, stacking and clustering of materials into and around forms. This grouping of material takes shape as furniture, as sculptural installation and as interior-architecture, where I am intrigued by the visual patterns and textures that are created. Over the past two years I’ve been developing the “Komíny Series,” a body of work that investigates themes of place and identity through the simple act of stacking firewood. I, like many others, have a very specific and real history with the cutting, splitting and stacking of firewood. Growing up, my family heated with wood and collecting it was a year round task that we addressed as a family unit. The Komíny (Czech for “stacks”) that I create, incorporate meaningful objects directly into firewood stacks. The embedded artifacts range from books to chairs to tractors, signifying different places, cultures and histories depending on the chosen objects and location.

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