I have always been drawn to the beauty of the commonplace, visuals without artistic exertion or ambition, the backdrops of life: drips and stains on battered city walls, decaying tiles of public toilets. I welcome chance, automation and error into my process, and seek a humility in mark making that honours the limitations and opportunities of painting. This aesthetic may be described as a wabi-sabi provisionality. Wabi-sabi is also concerned with ‘mu’; the nothing. John Cage taught us that “every something is the echo of nothing”. There is much to discover in the ‘mu’ of ordinary things. I paint ordinary things because I find wonder in them and they help reassure me that it’s ok to know nothing.
Matthew Bax (b, 1974 Adelaide, Australia) Works and lives in Melbourne. Education: 2018-Masters of Contemporary Art, Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia. 2011- Masters of Fine Art, LASALLE College of Arts, Singapore. 1994- Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.