Based on Collishaw’s Insecticide photogravure etchings this wallpaper explores, cruelly yet beautifully, the visual effects achieved when moths and insects are squashed between 35mm glass slides. Captured at the moment coinciding their extermination, the torn wings and broken antennae create a new aesthetic which is disturbing yet mesmerising all the same. According to the artist, the resulting images of insects are "a degraded and violent memorial to a once living form".
Born in Nottingham, England in 1966, Mat Collishaw studied at Goldsmiths College of Art from 1986 to 1989, along with a number of other prominent international British artists. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Freeze in 1988, and Modern Medicine in 1990, and has had many solo exhibitions in the UK and internationally.
His work appears in important public collections including Tate, London and Centre Pompidou, Paris. He is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York and Haunch of Venison, Zurich. Mat Collishaw lives and works in London.