Artist Q&A : Matthew Hilyard

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How did you find out about this exhibition?
Well known for annual submissions Arts Council

How did you decide which pieces of work to submit?
I wanted to submit recent pieces from this year.

Why did you want to participate in this exhibition?
My first time and the admiration for the Artists/Jurors of this exhibition

What inspired these pieces of work?
A consideration of material/materials with each work.

What message/ meaning do you hope to convey?
Purely abstract and open to interpretation. I hope the viewer will consider what is in front of them.

Would you describe your process?
I’m intuitive in my process. Depends on the medium. Whether it is photography, painting or collage. I get motivated when I see the limits of a material that is when things get interesting.

What would you say you struggle with the most as an artist?...or... What is your biggest struggle as an artist?
Great question, I see Struggle as a positive force. It helps me listen to the work.

Was there a goal in mind when thinking about these pieces of work? Was it changed during the process?
The materials call the shots.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
Mr. Terry Art school teacher. Keep your nose to the grindstone and you will be a good artist.

Keep your nose to the grindstone and you will be a good artist.
— Matthew Hilyard