Tag Archives: New Work

Death Landscapes III

The transitory nature of imagery and material examined through a series of eighteen internal landscape collages. Constructed with layers of cut plain paper, the miniature relief images are made visible when light casts shadows across the surface. Light plays an important role in defining and demarcating space and in this series light enhances, affects and ultimately completes the work. These immaterial landscapes invite the viewer to contemplate aspects of form, structure, line and space in relative visual silence, whilst also allowing individual projections and inscriptions onto the visual plane.

Full series: http://www.matt-lee.com/death-landscapes-3



Death Landscapes II

Miniature collages of monuments and structures that resemble industrial factories, crematoriums, cenotaphs, mountain caves, guard towers, signposts and gateways.

The entrance belies the paradise within.

Full series: http://www.matt-lee.com/death-landscapes-2



‘Sandown’ is a new series that re-appropriates iconography from a collection of Indian matchbox labels and situates them on an isolated beach in the south coast of England. The bringing together of these contrasting visual elements creates a tension between culture and context.

The common thread through the series is the horizon line, which holds together a fragmented narrative where animals and objects, out of place in this setting, are in an awkward and nonsensical dialogue with each other.











MA Project Work: Presence of Absence

My non-linear and semi-autobiographical works examine the processes we use for communicating, manipulating and reading visual messages. In this series of British and Indian imagery, the frame and grid provide a structure that facilitates a dialogue between inside/ outside and a tension between what is known, assumed and thought.



Presence of Absence – Series 1



Presence of Absence – Series 2

Runcible Series


I have just finished a new series of drawings that place Edward Lear’s nonsense word ‘runcible’ within various disparate visual contexts.

‘Runcible’ is a nonsense word invented by Edward Lear in 1871. In his poetry this word is used to form semiotic gaps that cannot be satisfactorily resolved or understood by the reader. The nonsensicality of this word is further compounded when used by Lear as an adjective to describe a range of disparate nouns, including: a runcible spoon, raven, cat, wall, hat and goose.

This series of drawings situates Lear’s ‘runcible’ within a variety of disparate scenarios. Through a process of contextual shifting the word suggests a multitude of meanings that conflict or contradict – The result is nonsense.

See the full series here.

New Work: Death Landscapes


The ‘Death Landscapes’ series is an ongoing experiment in exploring form and formlessness through a limited set of iconography (The emoticon, a hill, the colour yellow).

See the full series here.