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Art Edit: Interview with Matt Jukes

Art Edit: Interview with Matt Jukes

How did you become a multi-talented artist and where did your passion for art culminate from?

This question is always tough to answer, in some ways it's straightforward, I've always been an artist, as I've made things for as long as I can remember. The decision to become a professional artist came from my discovery of printmaking and in particular mono-printing. Getting ink up to my elbows with this very tangible medium has helped me find a voice and develop my visual style.

Most of your artwork titles “parallel memories” or “visions from the past”. What particular memories from your past align with these titles?

My work has always been about exploring my fascination with how we remember moments in our lives, and how unreliable they are. We colour them over with fresh experiences every time we re-remember them. Each piece I do captures in some way an emotional representation of a moment in my life. I usually keep these moments a secret as they are my muse. My interest lies in how people viewing the work interpret it — the emotions they feel, how it resonates with them, and the memories and locations which arise in them, so that they can write their own stories into the piece.

A distinctive attribute in your works is blurred or clouded forms, could you tell us more about the meaning of this chosen visual outcome?

The soft blurry nature of the work reflects the soft nature of the memories, especially memories which are long forgotten. These clouded forms are triggered by the way in which light catches memories, illuminating them for a second and taking us back to those moments. There is also a parallel in-thing Tick of the light, not only in a cerebral impression but literally in when and how we experience the landscape around us. My process means that each layer is put down with a hard edge, and the process of layering this hard edge is dissolved, gently revealing it's true nature. 

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