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Matthew Boonstra

Work: Portrait of U.S.
Dimensions: 30’ x 15’ x 30’
Materials: Mixed Media
Year: 2008

Manufacturing Sympathies results from research and studio activities investigating the struggles of auto and industrial workers in the current economic environment. I experimented with industrial materials such as motor oil and steel, while exploring the physical and psychological displacement of workers. I intend to continue this investigation, creating works that reveal how industrial decline negatively impacts people and how it might provide the potential spark to rebuild relationships.


Michigan State University
Faculty Sponsor:
James Lawton & Laura Cloud