This year Matthew Chan (2020) was selected for his brilliant ceramic interpretation of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, entitled The holy trinity of 2020 (whilst stocks last!). As noted by Mr David Williamson, Head of Art, in a challenging year for all Art students, those who do ceramics certainly found it difficult working from home. Thanks to Ms Kate Thornburn and the whole Art and Design team as they worked hard to ensure that students were given the best opportunity to shine. 

Matt's work is about commodification and the potential disconnect between the artist's intended meaning and messages, and the popularity of subsequent merchandise sold at galleries, such as the NGV. His sculptures are based on events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter protests. His badges and T-shirts are based on the sculptures but are deliberately visually appealing as fashion items. The idea is that the wearer may choose them for aesthetic reasons, without knowing what they represent.

Matthew’s piece can be viewed at the NGV from March 26 – July 11. Visit the NGV website here to find out more about this exhibition.