Matt Hall grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of Klamath falls Oregon. He moved to Portland Oregon in 1997 to attend the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where he majored in painting and drinking coffee.
He's had a lifelong love affair with natural history museums, taxidermy, hidden spaces, sea monsters, and scientific phenomena.
Matt's work, through the recording, preservation, and recontextualization of natural ephemera and found objects, deals with the intersection of death, memory, loss, perception and wonder. The artist commonly uses articulated skeletons, preserved organs, wet specimens and 17th and 18th century scientific modeling practice to create objects that recall natural history museums or biology labs. All the animals used in his work are roadkill or natural deaths, and are carefully processed by the artist from corpse to finished sculpture. The often damaged or destroyed aspects of the dead bodies being an integral part of the process. The reconfigured skeletons, preserved biological ephemera, and heavy weathering of the surrounding cases, seek to mirror the shadow aspect of memory. A distilled version of what happened. Still very real, but somehow different, changed irrevocably by the schism between the past and the present.
He currently lives in North Portland, where he can be found riding his bicycle, drawing trees and waving at neighborhood cats.
*no animals were harmed in the making of this work.
ALL animals were found dead, already killed, due to vehicular collision or the grim reaper.