Michele Mathison creates sculptures and installations that investigate issues of migration, labour, cultivation, creation and destruction, reminding us of the violence inherent in colonisation and exploitation of labour and natural resources. Steel maize plants, ceramic jerry cans, concrete chainsaws and wooden AK-47s become symbols for the difficulties of surviving through subsistence in difficult economic conditions and evoke the idea of brutal uprooting of cultural heritage, political revolution and its self-perpetuating cycle of domination.
He presented his first UK solo exhibition Uproot in 2016, at Tyburn Gallery, London. He has previously shown his work in Belgium, Portugal and South Africa, among other countries. He was featured in the Zimbabwean Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). His work is included in the collection of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), Cape Town, South Africa.