Matt Sherratt presents Serene Space in Chester Cathedral.
Matt Sherratt is a Cheshire-based sculptor, he graduated from Loughborough College of Art and Design with first class honours and later studied at the Royal College of Art. Matt Sherratt will be showing a new body of work called ‘Serene Space’ created for the fourteenth century Chapter House, drawing on its ancient space and presence. The architecture and the modern art work are juxtaposed yet complement each other making a fascinating combination.
The imposing sculptures started life on the potter’s wheel and were then carefully manipulated to alter the circular form and hand-built with coils of clay to introduce a more organic element. The final stage involved carving and honing the form before being glazed and ready to go on show. Sherratt’s aim for Serene Space is to create a calming and reflective quality; a space for the viewer to have a quiet moment.
Inspiration for these sculptures comes from natural curved forms such as shells and bones structures. His interest and practice in yoga plays a subtle influence. It allows him to stretch out after days of making, which he finds highly beneficial not only for his posture but also the focus of his attention is improved.
A recent additional element to his work is the use of bright matt glazes which Sherratt feels brings a new vibrant expressive quality to his work. The striking colours allow the work to make a bold statement within the huge spiritual space of the Chapter House.
His work has been shown extensively in London and he has had commissions internationally including Hong Kong, Mumbai India, California, USA and for luxury cruise ships including the new Norwegian Joy. He is delighted to show his work in Chester Cathedral.
In addition to his large exhibition sculptures, Matt Sherratt will make smaller accompanying limited edition sculptural pieces which will be available to buy in the Cathedral Gift Shop.