"This is my Father's world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres…"
- Maltbie Davenport Babcock
The truths that one believes affects how they interact with the world around them. One’s theological beliefs effect their perspective on the physical world and their process of making. I believe in one true God that is preeminent among all other gods. Within the creative order, God made mankind to be an image bearer, or a representative, of God. Whether in the natural or spiritual realm, all truth belongs to and reflects God. We, as artists, are living testimonies to this creative act. As image bearers of God, we express this idea via the making process. As I work on a form the content is revealed. As I am making it, God is making me. Viewing history as a redemptive act of God, I similarly choose materials based on their rejection by someone else in order to redeem them for higher purposes. Primarily working with metal, stone, or wood, I sculpt materials into various forms reflecting themes of redemption, salvation, and transformation. I hope in some way that through the redemption and transformation of rejected resources, objects are created that bear the image of God and teach His truths.
Born in Atlanta, GA in 1976, Matthew Phillips currently resides in Canton, GA with his wife and four children. Phillips finds himself captivated by creation’s story and the themes of life, death, and resurrection reflected throughout the natural order. While Phillips works in many different media, he has a special relationship with wood. From the story of a tree to the beauty of the wood revealed, he has a profound attraction to the material. A great deal of his work is an attempt to express the mysteries of our lives, the goings on within us, and the Creator’s interaction with the created order.
Phillips earned his BFA in Art Education from Georgia State University and is currently working through the MFA program in sculpture at Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout the last 15 years, he has taught visual arts in many disciplines at Roswell High School in Roswell, GA. These disciplines include art history, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. He has also spent the last 14 years working as a studio assistant for various artists while continuing to make his own work.