Freddy Dewe Mathews work is research-based and his practice is primarily concerned with how contemporary and historical instances of community have met with drives for infrastructure and capitalist development, from historic villages submerged at the will of Birmingham industrialists in the 1890s to the contested terrain of natural resources extraction in modern day Peru.
His first solo show - Bouvetøya - was shown at SIB in September 2012 and focused on the Antarctic island of the same name. Bouvetøya looked to examine reported interactions between explorers / scientists and the island, and their attempts to impose themselves both physically and metaphorically on this harsh, uninhabited landmass.
Bouvetøya: The Shadow Line, 54°25'S, 3°21'E
Cast concrete triptych & photographs, 2012
Installation and performance, 2010
Untitled (Diving Goggles) & Otolith Drawing: 52.254338, -3.591460, Pencil, earth, copper on paper, framed, 2010
Tarjeta Postal, from In Good Hands
Postcard, ink & copper gilding, 2010-11
The Mother of He who sustains Heaven and Earth