Lambert is interested in exploring the body’s potential to push the traditional preconceptions of jewelry and adornment. Interactions between body and object have the ability to blur the boundaries of design, craft, fashion, performance and fine art – and it is in the inhabited of these queer [and/or] liminal spaces that these interactions gain their strength as a force that is yet to be fully explored for its potential as a terroristic act to westernized and colonial institutions. Lambert presents body and body related objects approached through the vernacular of jewelry to create space for the viewer to question positionality, fixedness, and chimerism that goes beyond binary thinking. Lambert collaborates with multi-media artists of a vast array of disciplines to reconfigure the current cultural systems of queerness and body politic while challenging the boundaries of craft.
"Matt Lambert’s slippery shifting objects draw heavily from the regalia of contemporary male homosocial spheres. They impart a (re)codified identity precipitated from an atomized cloud of sport, hunting, and military references. Protective gear, trophies, marks of rank, are just a few of the mechanisms we extrapolate from these originating realms, which also cast a shadow—or perhaps contain a back room—where the ostracism of queer identities coalesces and rebounds in fetishized form. " -Timothy Veske-McMahon
Photo Credit: Jennifer Bondy