Introducing Video of the Week from Wales Arts Review. We’ll be showcasing some of the best new art in Wales with a new video shared every week. From music to drama and everything in between, videos will not be limited by medium. Today we take a look at ‘Grounded’ from Peter Matthews.
Like galleries across Wales and around the world, Swansea’s Glynn Vivian Art Gallery has had to keep its doors closed throughout the past year. However, that doesn’t mean that their team hasn’t been busy, with plenty of work to juggle for upcoming exhibitions showing throughout 2021.
That’s why, this week, we’re looking at an online exhibition from artist Peter Matthews; his project, ‘Grounded’, was created in partnership with Creativity Fellowships, Swansea University’s Cultural Institute.
The fellowship was established to give artists of various disciplines the chance to create work shaped and inspired by fields of academic research. Matthews’ work on coastal landscape appealed to marine biologist, Dr. Ruth Callaway. From this partnership, the pair were able to join forces and collaborate to create ‘Grounded’.
Speaking of their work together, Calloway commented: “Working with Peter Matthews during his fellowship forced me to take a step back and look at my work from a different direction. The question of purpose, scale and also societal relevance came much more into focus.”
Matthews, whose work has been inevitably shaped by the disturbance of the pandemic, spoke of his experience creating during this time: “My sensibilities to scale and distance, time and space have been deeply affected during the pandemic and throughout the fellowship, as well as my physical connection to objects and things, particularly how we make sense of the world by touch.”
Watch ‘Grounded’ from Peter Matthews below.
A virtual tour of ‘Grounded’ can be accessed on the Glynn Vivian website.