Mathew Sawyer
British, born 1977

Mathew Sawyer, who attended the Chelsea College of Art and studied painting at the Royal College of Art, leads a compatibly parallel life as an artist and a musician. Sawyer’s installations, performances, collages, and sculptural assemblages have paid overt homage to his musical influences: he has produced works based on the lyrics of David Bowie, Roy Orbison, and Television. Much of Sawyer’s work carries autobiographical inflections. In an ongoing series titled “Documentary Works,” Sawyer chronicles his daily activities using photographs and text. He has also created performances involving his unwitting neighbors by borrowing their shoes or depositing ping pong balls with memoire-sque text into their mailboxes. Another part of Sawyer’s practice riffs on art history and popular imagery by appropriating and modifying found objects. In addition to articulating social criticism, these …

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