Matt Wren
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Matt Wren


Artist Statement

For the past two years, acting as the studio assistant/artist in residence at Juniata College, my focus has been firing anagamas. Firing twice each year at the college, Jack Troy's residence, and working in the studio every day, I was in constant dialogue with the work and the kiln. It is a process that consumes me, and one that offers enough information, experimentation, and curiosity for a lifetime of work.


Though, my undergraduate years were spent in front of a canvas, the depth and range of surfaces that emerged from the kiln seemed to surpass the limitations of paint on canvas. Flashes of colors blended together and painterly drips of ash glaze began to instill in me an emotive response akin to viewing an abstract expressionist painting. With this gained perspective in regards to the texture and color of the anagama fired surface, my painting background was reawakened and has led me put the brush back in my hand. And where I used to operate in each medium separately, I now aim to draw from my collective experience in both painting and clay.