Matthew Hopkins

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Matthew Hopkins (b. 1978) is a Sydney based artist whose work examines the relationship between visual art and sound/music. This relationship is reflected in the nature of Hopkins practice which involves various sound and music projects, as well as a visual arts practice that incorporates painting, drawing, objects, and video. In his exploration of sound and image relations, Hopkins’ work focuses on the problems of rendering invisible sound through visual materials. In doing this Hopkins considers how sound, particularly processed voice, might be seen as grotesque, absurd and liminal in nature, and in turn how the experience of hearing this sound can be recorded visually.

Hopkins Completed his Master of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts (University of Sydney) in 2013. A semester of his candidacy during 2012 was spent at Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst Gent, Belgium. In undertaking this exchange opportunity Hopkins was the recipient of the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Exchange Scholarship through Sydney College of the Arts.

Hopkins was a finalist in the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship 2008, and was awarded both an Art Start, and a New Work Emerging Artist grant through the Australia Council for the Arts in 2010. In 2013 Hopkins, along with artists Emily Hunt and Vicki Papageorgopoulos, were awarded the Innovate/Curate grant through Tin Sheds Gallery (University of Sydney) for their collaborative exhibition ‘Two Dollar Pareidolia’.

Hopkins’ work is held in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Artbank, and numerous private collections.

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