Matthew Naftzger

I picture my creations similarly being found by an yet-unknown culture in an uncertain future. I strive to create the artifacts that will be found and re-purposed; objects having their own evolution, including dead-ends, mistakes and miscalculations. The pieces may be functional in a Rube Goldberg-esque fashion… or purely dys-functional.  A bit of fiction within the function, and function within the fiction.

Born in 1972 in Ohio, Matthew grew up primarily in the plains of Colorado. After studying engineering and fine art at Colorado State University, he left to fully pursue art and fine craft, becoming primarily self-taught. Matthew became an artist full time in 2001, showing work at high end arts/crafts festivals around the country. His work has moved away from traditional materials and aesthetics, becoming both more industrial and aged.  Titanium is the predominant material, involving machining and TIG welding alongside traditional metalsmithing methods.  Precious metals and stones, occasional found objects, and other alternate materials complete the work.  Primitive mechanics and a sense of lost history drive the functionality and aesthetics.