My current practice is in the realm of traditional British and European customs. I make works that are videos, sculpture, installations and performances, which play with the inherent strangeness of the continued popularity of long established folk customs in a modern world.

Many of my works can be viewed as mock folk performances in themselves, playing with the elements of folk rituals that give people a link to the past. In contemporary European societies, people have a peculiar relationship with their folk traditions that is part uneasiness about their past, and part fascination with humour, spectacle and long established ritual.

Matthew Cowan

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Arts Council of Wales
  • Welsh Government
  • National Lottery
  • Ceredigion County Coucil

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