Matthew studies modern and contemporary art, with a particular interest in the production, circulation and exhibition of art under conditions of globalisation.
He received his B.A. with First Class Honours in Art History from the University of Western Australia, where his dissertation examined the evolution of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica's artistic practice in response to his work's circulation internationally. Other recent projects address the capacity of the 'dotting' characteristic of much Australian Aboriginal art to operate as a form of resistance to neocolonialism; the influence of American artist and filmmaker Bruce Conner on the development of the popular music video; and the implications of digital music production and dissemination for the work of art's 'aura'.
Prior to entering the doctoral programme at Stanford, Matthew also completed both a Bachelor of Laws and a Diploma of Modern Languages in Italian, and undertook internships at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice as well as the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.