Works in Antwerpen (BE), born in Wilrijk (BE).
Michèle Matyn (°1978) develops a versatile practice that includes photography, sculpture, installations and performance art. Her work is an act of reflection on how cultural constructs such as folklore, myth and ritual arise in various societies, examining in particular how nature is perceived and interacted with.
As an artist, her conviction that everything surrounding us is more or less alive, forms the cornerstone of her work. She is not on any particular quest for communion with a higher power. What she does, however, illustrate the human soul's sensitivity and receptivity to impressions, moods or experiences that are not capable of being interpreted rationally, but which do exemplify a direct connection to the essence of nature.
Matyn's visual work often starts with a journey into the unknown, to locations which are visually unfamiliar and which show little sign of human encroachment. This allows her to encounter the types of places and situations that may potentially serve as sources that inspire folk religion, often arising from the urge to explain the unexplainable. Matyn seeks human interaction with the landscape, and from her own perspective makes an attempt to participate in the rituals inherent to them. She makes these rituals her own by physically shaping raw materials and reworking them, re-employing them in rites of her own creation. Her works centre on the field of tension dividing human perception and the supernatural.
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Home Town Story
Michèle Matyn , Home Town Story, 2005. Photography, colour photography, plexiglass, 150 x 112,5 cm.
Michèle Matyn , Bilkoekmachiene , 2015. Mixed Media, iron machine, aluminum foil , Variable dimensions .
Michèle Matyn , Schmerzhaufchen, 2010. Photography, digital print on baryt , 160 x 190 cm.
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IN SITU: Michèle Matyn – ...
24 September 2016 11:00 - 05 February 2017 18:00.
Michèle Matyn has developed a multifaceted practice that incorporates photography, sculpture, installation and performance. Her work looks at
EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middl...
15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
Exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a cooperation between M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and cultural
EURASIA − A Landscape of ...
08 October 2021 - 23 January 2022.
Alighiero Boetti, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Babi Badalov, Basir Mahmood, C. K. Rajan, Cevdet Erek, Damian Le Bas, Deimantas Narkevičius, Elena Voro
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GEWELD | VIOLENCE
It seems clear that in the case of Dymphna, the sting – t.i., the violence – is in the tail of her story, in the beheadings and the flickerin
EURASIA − A Landscape of ...
EURASIA – A Landscape of Mutability 08 October 2021 - 23 January 2022 Alighiero Boetti, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Babi Badalov, Basir Mahmood,