What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

There is No Spoon


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Matt Wilson

South Carolina-based assemblage artist Matt Wilson uses discarded metal – scraps, old tools, cutlery – to craft spectacular animal sculptures. But while his work certainly transforms the parts he uses, he deliberately ensures the viewer can still identify the original objects therein.

“The upcycled work I create is a testimony to the belief of conserving and appreciating our resources, so that the environment in which we live will continue to be an environment in which we desire to live. My goal as an artist is to make artwork unlike art people have seen, while at the same time recognizable in the identity of everyday materials.”

According to Charleston Living Magazine, though Wilson originally interviewed at Detyens Shipyards for a welder position, Chairman Loy Stewart saw something special in the young man. When he asked the interviewee what his dream job would be, without hesitation, Wilson answered “artist.” Loy hired the young man on the spot, and created an artist-in-residence spot for him. It’s an unusual place to find an artist, but the relationship has proved to be a productive one for all concerned.

“My primary responsibility is to the clients of the shipyard. Each ship owner is given a plaque or model of the ship as a thank you gift for the business.”

You can see more of Wilson’s beautiful work on his website and Instagram, and you can purchase his work in the Airtight Artwork Etsy shop (which is currently being restocked).

All images property of Matt Wilson, used with permission.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

18 thoughts on “There is No Spoon

  1. Oh yes..more creative talent than a lot of so called artist. Love this.

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  2. I love these! I love the concept and the art itself. My favourite pieces are all the little birds. I absolutely love that the shipyard recognized his talent and passion and found a way to deploy it.

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  3. What a brilliant imagination! This blows me away!


  4. These are fun, interesting sculptures. I used to own an old rustic looking airplane with propellers that that moved and I was quite attached to it. I have no idea where that airplane flew off to over the years but I will keep an eye on his Etsy shop to see if one arrives. I love how he is the artist-in-residence at the shipyard.

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