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Stygian Stones

Matthew Taylor Thomas

Presented by Matthew Taylor Thomas in partnership with Brisbane Powerhouse

In a world where the soldiers of bigotry and hatred are regaining strength and once again rising to power, everyday feels like battle against those who seek our demise.

This collection is a visual representation of the maddening struggle between living one’s truth and paying the price to conform and survive the toxifying structures of society.

Set by the poisonous waters of the River Styx, the boundary between Earth and the Underworld in ancient Greek mythology, Stygian Stones follows a haunting journey through feelings of depression, despair, gender constructs, mortality and the power of words.

Stylistically, the images blend commonly-held views about aesthetics and stereotypes with a melancholic touch of Ophelian nostalgia. Stygian Stones allows the viewer to find their own narrative and mark out a journey along the banks of their own River Styx, perhaps finding a soul quenching piece of therapy along the way.

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Matthew inherited his love for photography from his mother, growing up watching her finding joy taking pictures of wildlife and nature. During his high school years, he learned the skill of film photography and the hours spent in the dark room over those years, watching his work come to life, solidified his love for the image making process.

After ten years of travelling the world trying to find where he fit in, he returned to his hometown of Brisbane In 2012, where he took a leap and started working as a freelance photographer, with some of his travel, lifestyle and music festival images being published in both the in-flight magazines for Virgin Australia and QANTAS, Australian Traveller Magazine, Escape Magazine and also the Tourism and Events Queensland website and blog.

It wasn’t until Matthew studied Visual Communications at Design College Australia in 2015-2016, majoring in Photography, that he was able to start bringing his constant daydreams into reality, developing his love for creating portraits that tell a story. After showcasing his first major body of work, ‘Robbing The Muse’, at The Brisbane Powerhouse during MELT 2018, Matthew is returning to MELT 2019 with his next collection, ‘Stygian Stones’.

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Common Questions

How do I get to Brisbane Powerhouse?
See our Getting Here page.

Is parking available?
There is limited free-of-charge, all-day, on-site car parking at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you are travelling by car, please arrive early to secure a park. Additional free parking is available in New Farm Park accessible via our link road, which is opened after 5pm on performance days.

What time should I arrive?
It's best to arrive at least 30-40 minutes before the show start time to find a car park, pick up your tickets at box office and make your way to the venue. The doors of the venue will open approximately 10-15 minutes prior to show time.

Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets will be available for pick up from Box Office 60 minutes prior to show time.

Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

See more common questions and learn everything you need to know about your visit to Brisbane Powerhouse on our FAQ page.

Get the most out of your visit

See an exhibition
See the world for free with awe-inspiring visual art from just about everywhere. Make sure you don’t miss anything – explore all of the foyers on the main and bottom floors. See what's on.

Explore New Farm Park
Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Accommodation
Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and Sofitel Brisbane