Meet Matt Wilson, he creates amazing sculptures out of everyday utensils. The work varies from birds to dolphins, each of them using a simple metal fork or spoon. We were so impressed with them that we caught up with Matt to ask him a few questions about his work!
Can you tell us more about what you do?
My goal is to make unique, complex sculptures out of everyday objects. Utensils are a really common and available material.
Can you tell us more about your background? Are you mostly self-taught or have you received various training?
I went to Winthrop University for Drawing and Painting. I've always been artistically inclined. 15 years ago, a guy taught me how to turn on and off a welder. Since then, everything is completely self-taught and dreamt up on my own.
I love the idea of not being taught rules to follow, but rather figuring things out as I go. I teach myself something new every day.
Have you struggled to develop your style of metal sculpture over the years?
I wouldn't say struggled, but it's evolved and has definitely become cleaner over the years. My style was birthed through the fact that I was a terrible welder and tried to hide my welds.
How long does it take you to complete a piece of art?
It varies. The birds have become more streamlined, but I never know with a new project or commission.
Much of your work involves animals, especially birds. Are you particularly interested in these or do you find that they lend themselves better to cutlery?
Both. The organic shapes of cutlery also lend themselves to natural forms. But I've always been drawn to the outdoors and the creatures that live there.
What does a typical day look like for you?
The morning starts with kids, coffee and off to work. Home in time for dinner. More kids. And repeat. At this point in my life, I spend at least 75% of my time with my family - they are what's most important.
What advice would you give to someone looking to get into the metal sculpture business?
So many times I have people wanting tips and tricks to do exactly what I do. My work has evolved over the years to get where I am now. I encourage people to blaze their own path.
Are there any other artists or sculptors that inspire you?
Yes, with social media the way it is these days. I see art all day, everyday. I like to try to pull my inspiration from other mediums of art, such as tattoos and paintings - more so than seeing what other metal artists are doing.
Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with us Matt!
You can see more of Matt’s work here:
Website - airtightartwork.com
Instagram - instagram.com/airtightartwork