My name is Matthew Schiavello. I am a queer photographer (specialising in abstract and conceptual work), and a mixed media artist. My abstract work, aims to bring the viewer’s attention to the beauty which exists all around them, especially in torn, decayed or damaged transient urban spaces, or in damaged/'unusable' traditional photographic mediums (such as 35mm film).
My conceptual work is usually an exploration of self in society. Often the focus is on our prejudices, with a hope that by becoming aware of what they are and how we developed them, we can explore their relevance and if they are actually helpful to us. Like most artists, I also sometimes want to create work for purely aesthetic reasons. Who doesn’t like beautiful work on their walls or screens?
Body Prejudice Project: https://www.braveorbeautiful.com