Matthew Picton


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Tue, 09/20/2022 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
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Matthew Picton about his show The Age of Kali, age of Belief


On Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at 11.30a.m., Joseph Gallivan interviews sculptor Matthew Picton about his show The Age of Kali, age of Belief, which is at Elizabeth Leach Gallery through Oct. 29.

Picton talks about apocalyptic religious belief, imperial history, his love of maps and layering, and the difference between hand-made and machine-made work.


This interview was recorded on Zoom video conferencing software on Sept. 15, 2022 and engineered by KBOO volunteer Ray Bodwell.


From the press release:

September 1 - October 29, 2022

Matthew Picton’s latest three-dimensional paper sculptures feature historical, religious, and spiritual symbology intertwined with newspaper headlines of current world events. The artist’s new works combine the ancient with the contemporary through meticulous layers of text and imagery that creates intriguingly evocative visual narratives

Picton’s elaborate cut-out designs, constructed from newspaper headlines and texts, are disarmingly gorgeous and intended to disrupt preconceived notions of a singular worldview.

The exhibit includes the artist’s dynamic large-scale color sculptural works along with medium-sized artworks, elegantly executed in a softened black and white newspaper print palette.

Matthew Picton studied Politics and History at the London School of Economics and now lives and works in Ashland, Oregon. His work is included in the collections The De Young Museum (San Francisco, CA), The Herbert Museum of Art (Coventry, UK), The Fidelity Bank collection (London, UK), The Stadt Museum (Dresden, Germany) and The New York University Langone Medical Center Collection (New York, NY). In 2020, he completed two large-scale commissions for Facebook (Seattle, WA) and Google (Redwood City, CA). 


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Joseph Gallivan has been a reporter since 1990. He has covered music for the London Independent, Technology for the New York Post, and arts and culture for the Portland Tribune, where he is currently a Feature Writer. He is the author of two novels, "Oi, Ref!" and "England All Over" which are available on 


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