Matthew Best - Supernature

12th St S & S Clark St
Arlington, VA 22202



A self-described suburban forager, Matthew Best explores public spaces in search of wild, edible fruits and vegetables. He began sketching his discoveries - first as a means of documenting and identifying unknown specimens but later to collect natural forms he could incorporate into his artistic works. Supernature examines this act of foraging while offering an oft overlooked perspective of food - where it comes from and alternative ways in which it can be acquired. Together, the paintings of Supernature translate the act of searching into the language of painting. The changes and contrast in forms, colors, and patterns cause the observer to mimic the foraging process with movements of the eye in capturing the composition as a whole.