Matt Babcock

sculptor Seattle, WA

I make public art because public spaces reflect the ways communities and individuals think of themselves in relation to others and to the larger world.

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I make public art because public spaces reflect the ways communities and individuals think of themselves in relation to others and to the larger world. I draw on context and historical styles and works, but always focus on bringing something new.

I create aerial calligraphy that captures action. My work is iconic and representational, in that my subjects are recognizable and understandable by people of all ages and diverse backgrounds. At the same time, my sculptures embody a unique distillation of form and movement. The dual nature of my work rewards inspection and encourages conversation.

Craft is central to my work. An ingrained, hands-on understanding of tools and materials is essential to my design process. I draw as much on my background in industry as on formal training in art theory and practice.

I have been making things all my life. When I was five my dad set me up with a workbench and tools. I spent countless hours making things that I thought of as functional, even though the function was often mysterious or imaginary. In some ways I haven't changed much.

My work as an artist is an extension of my experience as an architect, which includes project management, context research and analysis, design, permitting, coordinating the work of engineers and other consultants, and collaborating with public and private agencies, community groups, builders, and other stakeholders.

Thank you for taking time to learn about my work.

Specialties

sculpture architecture public art

Skills

analysis research design fabrication invention synthesis problem solving