Throughout life, we are presented with great contrasts—such as good and evil, love and hate or war and peace—to which we carve out our existence. Such opposites and the symbolic, almost ambiguous relationships that exist between them excite artist Matt Manley and inspire him to create his metaphorical, mixed-media works. “I tend to be drawn to opposing themes but am not interested in showing the stark contrasts,” says the artist. “Rather, I like to illuminate the more intangible, even paradoxical rhythms of life that exist between the poles. To me, the ambiguity is a much more accurate expression of life than any simplistic black-and-white point of view.”
“I tend to be drawn to opposing themes but am not interested ...