Matt Vaughan

Vaughan’s artwork examines industrialisation, destruction, waste and ageing within a contemporary landscape. He is influenced by and reacts to environmental issues and fascinated by human societies effect on the landscape.

We have the ability to - and an insatiable habit of - extracting, manipulating and ultimately destroying the landscape. From sea defences to dams, broken flooring to quick concrete fixes. Being driven by human activity, this environmental ruin is consequently temporary. It is humanities existence, which we are ultimately affecting.

Vaughan’s practice is concerned with some of the contradictions of ‘beauty’ and ‘nature’ within modern life. Human societies toxic destruction and its subsequent outcomes can be considered as awe-inspiring and beautiful in their own right. .

Vaughan uses the strict, regimented and repetitive process of printmaking as a tool for forming his ideas and creating prints. Utilising these processes and working with photography of natural disasters and building sites, particularly in roadworks that use concrete and tarmac in an ad-hock and lazy fashion, His prints form a ‘manufactured’, ‘digital’ and ‘dystopian’ representation of the future. These prints are his way of beautifying and showing his awe and fascination in a contemporary landscape embodied by the corruption of society.