Matt Roman

The works you see are what we currently have featured in the Sparrow Gallery, located within our bricks and mortar shop. Our gallery rotates out monthly, featuring a new artist for Final Fridays Art Walks in Downtown Lawrence, KS each month.

This will be our first virtual opening in Sparrow Gallery! This month, we are thrilled to present “Vessel: noun; A thing into which some quality is infused” an exhibition by woodworker Matt Roman. You may have noticed some of Matt’s gorgeous hand-carved wooden bowls and serving boards in our shop over the past few years at 933 Massachusetts. We have enjoyed watching his work develop even further into the beautiful pieces of work you will see in this show. His mission with his company Resurrected Woodworks is to rescue cleared or felled trees from area construction projects and mills, in which he designs and builds items from what he calls “forgotten” trees.

About “Vessel: noun; A thing into which some quality is infused”
This show is an exploration of what a vessel is. It features 10 pieces into which some quality or distinctive attributes have been infused. A key quality of these pieces is movement. i find their non static nature gives each vessel a life of its own and engages the senses.
My influences are the organic forms found in nature, David Lawrence, Greg Gallegos, and Rebecca Degroot, to name a few.

About The Artist
Although I am a woodworker, I often consider what I do more akin to found object art. I seek out wood destined for a burn pile and embellish the natural inner beauty I see in it. I’ve always been passionate about working with wood and with an endless supply of scavenged lumber I have an avenue to explore more creative ways of expressing this passion. I work under the moniker Resurrected Woodworks because like the phoenix my materials reached the end of its old life emerging more glorious than before.

Using a variety of hand and power tools, I try to imbue each piece with a feeling of movement and fluidity. I build or carve each piece as light as possible to help accentuate this perception. Abandoning the idea that furniture must be static, I make items that suggest that they too are on a journey, engaging one’s imagination.