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Hyland Mather, aka X-O, is an assemblage artist who creates works out of found objects or as he likes to call them lost objects 1. The artist collects discarded objects from both urban and natural environments, cities, dumps, forests, and fields. The artist then reassembles these found things to make them regain their purpose. He describes his creative process as Zen-like as its composed of finding, collecting and assembling abandoned and discarded objects.
X-O describes the work by saying, “I make stuff from junk. I pick up messes and try to make them into something I think looks good. I use the junk from the city, I use the stuff from the field, I use the bits in the forest, and the things in the trash. I hunt, I collect, I gather, but only what I need for the work, for the play. Color, shape, composition. Some lost stuff gets found again.”