Matthew Cowan (September-November 2011)

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