Photograph by: Tristan Matheson © 2014
Hela Cells cultured by the artist at the Pelling Lab.
Tristan Matheson, born and raised in Stratford Ontario, was classically trained in both music and in the arts. His earlier artistic compositions reflect his interest in both ancient civilizations and classic techniques found in landscape/portrait paintings and drawings. Tristan's exploration and intrigue into the world of ancient civilizations, spurred on his completion of a Bachelor Degree at Bishop's University with an Honors in Fine Arts and Major in Classical Studies.
Tristan is a Montreal based artist currently finishing his MA in Media/Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. He is both an active researcher for Fluxmedia and is a current member of Pelling Lab at the University of Ottawa. Tristan's current research entitled Contagious Matter hopes to inspire further investigation of unseen cultures, such as cellular matter by developing these large scale paintings and projecting time lapse video onto the painted substrates. His main methodology uses social theories and tries to adapt them within the sciences to understanding micro culture. This will hopefully contribute to a new way of understanding living matter or material culture and our co-existence with micro matter.
Tristan became certified in Bio Safety Level 2 during 2013, which allowed him to have hands on experience with cellular biology. His curiosity lead him to do an artist residency at the Pelling Lab, where he gained access to many varieties of media including biological material. His paintings, videos and other creative compositions he produced during 2013-2014, visual captures the communicative properties micro culture may exhibit.
The Master top plan of the Moabite site Khirbat al-Mudayna
In the summer of 2010 and 2012, Tristan was involved in an archeological project conducted near Madaba, Jordan. Under the direction of professors at Wilfrid Laurier University and at Bishop's University, The Wadi ath-Thamad Project investigated an Iron Age Moabite site, which housed a six chambered gateway. Tristan was appointed as head draughtsman and also placed as an archaeological illustrator, during his involvement with the project. This gave him the skills to practice scientific investigation, as well as data reports and scaled technical drawings. Tristan's ventures to Jordan and travel expenses were funded by MP Pierre-Luc Dessault, ASOR (Archaeological Society of Oriental Research) and by Bishop's University.
After arriving back from Jordan during the summer of 2012, Tristan became a researcher for Fluxmedia by acting as research assistant for the project entitled Viral BioreMEDIAtion, under the direction of Tagny Duff. As part of the Viral BioreMEDIAtion project, an outdoor art gallery and sustainable hybrid garden entitled
the Wundergarden was built and housed at Concordia University. This project allowed Tristan to get hands on experience with an inverted phase microscope, including experience with programs such as Dragon Animation and Final Cut Pro. During the project he helped as gardener, garden designer, web editor, the producer of the website's photo journal, photographer, micro photographer, micro videographer, animator and the producer of the mobile Wundergarden.