Tennessee based sculptor Matthew Dutton
once described his works as “whimsical horrors”, animal-human
curiosities that are often seen lurking in assemblages of household
objects. The idea of material manipulation first struck Dutton as a
child, when he would build his own toys out of scrap construction
materials and take things apart to see what was on the inside. Inspired
by the combinations of human and animal forms that have appeared
throughout art history to pop-culture, specifically Jim Henson’s
creatures in the 80s films Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal,
Dutton’s art employs a hybrid of visual symbols using a multitude of
textures and materials. His sculptures are intended to take their viewer
on a journey into surreal realms, “a larger world that dwells within
their creator”. 

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