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Heath Matysek-Snyder

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

Currently, I investigate the bundling, stacking and clustering of materials into and around forms. This grouping of materials takes shape as furniture, as sculptural installations and as interior-architecture. Alternating between nesting inside of structures, filling architectural niches or surrounding found objects, I am intrigued by the visual patterns and textures of stacked materials. Over the past two years I’ve been investigating 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 family task. 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 locations.

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