Soft Serve and Banana are part of a small series of ceramic sculptures, Asexual Appetite, dealing with a loss of appetite and general discontent with necessity. Stemming from ideas of listlessness and depression, I am working through thoughts about the act of overthinking and how it affects actions. I interrogate themes of simplicity and necessity, as they are often the most contemplated aspects of my daily routine.
The exploration of the self, the understanding of others, and the dynamics they create are an underlying theme throughout my work. Drawing from a fascination with biology, I create forms based on principles of nature coupled with the experience of thought and feeling. The works become combinations of the natural progression of life, such as growth and decomposition, and the human aspects of reason and ability. I am reacting to the way people think and feel about their identities, how the act of learning and the responsibility of knowledge affect our everyday lives.
Matthew Dercole received his MFA in Ceramics from the University of Iowa. He has participated in artist residencies at Lux Center for the Arts, Lillstreet Art Center, Theaster Gates Studio and Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts. He has held Instructor positions in ceramics at multiple art centers and universities and his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including museums in Spain, Croatia, and Slovenia. Currently, Matthew is an Instructor and Technician at the Hartford Art School in West Hartford Connecticut.