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Bibliothèque avec le souvenir d'Anna (Library with the Memory of Anna)

This artwork is on view at the Museum of Arts and Design in the exhibition Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities.

Haunted by the “urgent mystery” of appearances, Charles Matton dedicated his life to creation, using all the mediums at his disposal: painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving, photography, film, writing. His Boxes—polychrome sculptures—are an integral part of a quest that was as much formal and aesthetic as metaphysical. A gifted and passionate artist who sculpted every detail of his Boxes, Charles Matton was also an incomparable architect of illusion: he decoded appearances in order to better understand and re-create the reality they conceal. —Sylvie Matton (translation by Laurie Hurwitz)

Courtesy of the 21c Museum, Louisville, KY; Collection of Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson.  Photo courtesy Ed Watkins.

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Mixed media