About this artwork

David Mach made his first matchhead sculpture in 1982 after reading a review of his work in which the critic compared one of the artist's installations to hobbyist's matchstick models of the Eiffel Tower. Mach was intrigued that the reviewer wrote about matches with so much contempt and immediately decided to experiment with this 'underdog' of materials. His first head, using live matches, was set on fire by mistake. The blue and red matches burned down to shades of grey. Since then Mach has made dozens of these heads, which come in all colours but, once burned, change their character completely.

  • title:
    Matchead
  • accession number:
    GMA 3468
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  • materials:
    Burnt matches, glue
  • date created:
    1986
  • measurements:
    45.50 x 20.50 x 15.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Presented by the Contemporary Art Society (Henry Moore Foundation Grant) 1989
  • copyright:
    © David Mach
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

David Mach

David Mach