Matthew Simmonds: Architect and Sculptor
Matthew Simmonds was born in 1963 in the UK, and is now living and working in Copenhagen. The sculptor and architect is known for his exquisite marble models of sacred architecture.
Firstly, Simmonds starts his career in stonemasonry in 1990. In fact, he spent several years working on architectural restoration projects in the UK. For example, Westminster Abbey and Ely Cathedral.
Subsequently, he moved to the artist town of Pietrasanta in Italy six years later. His intention was to hone in his skills in classical marble ornament, before going on to apply them as an artist.
The result of a lifelong interest in stone architecture, Simmonds‘ portfolio explores the characteristics of ancient and medieval buildings.
The contrast between the finely carved models and the rough marble symbolically touches on “the relationship between nature and human endeavor”—a key aspect of Simmonds’ practice.
Although Simmonds mainly focuses on sacred architecture he is drawn to how cultures overlap and influence each other. His work often references a variety of architectural styles in one piece, and sometimes presents abstract forms.
“I get inspired by real architectural spaces, but the works are not reproductions of actual buildings in miniature, with the exception of the Elevation series,” Simmonds tells Colossal.
“While I often make works that are historically very specific to just one time and culture, I also try to balance this with less specific and more abstract works that draw on the use of space and light.” – Matthew Simmonds
The creative process begins by studying the form of each rock, to ensure the style of the sculpture complements the stone’s natural aesthetic.
The time needed to create a work can vary depending on the size and complexity of the sculpture. But typically they take between three and four weeks to carve.
Finally, discover one of his more abstract series, Trilogy.
That comprises a series of internal spaces that reference key elements of traditional Chinese architecture.