Heather MatthewHeather Matthew is a Northern Rivers artist who commenced her Arts education in 1978 in Geelong, based on literature and creative writing. Since then, Heather's visual arts work has focussed on all things "books", working with paper and book-making, printmaking and more academic pursuits of the visual arts.
Heather's work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions in Australia and internationally - Egypt, Brazil, the UK and a number of times in the USA - and solo exhibitions locally, including the Tweed River Gallery in Murwillumbah.
Heather's work is an amalgam of sophisticated thinking and beautifully and intricately composed paper-works in three dimensions.
"Much has been written about the future of the paper based book. Will the book survive the twenty first century and if so, in what form? Will books forgo their functions of providing information and entertainment to becoming books as objects? In this digital age of visual ‘reading’ are there new ways that ‘books’ can impart knowledge?
In this suite of artworks I have taken the four equations of nineteenth century Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell as the basis for this exploration. Maxwell’s equations demonstrated that light was a wave form and that light combined with magnetism proved the existence of electromagnetism, the basis for modern technology. Einstein is quoted as saying: 'One scientific epoch ended and another began with James Clerk Maxwell'.
My works are both an ode to the traditional book form and an exploration of new possibilities of visual reading. Maxwell’s physics equations provided a platform from which to leap into the unknown; his visual equations became the screenprints and laser cuts in the works Integral & Differential, scrolling across a universe contained within curled and dog eared pages. Quantum physics and notions of folded space were the inspirations for the Chatterboxes and the Folded Universe is the beginning and end, the lotus Aum (Om) of existence." Heather Matthew, 2013