MIL: Your solo exhibition at KK Outlet was titled “Happy Accidents”. Do you believe that your work is a matter of lucking into coincidences, or is there an element of “meant to be”?
MS: If I’m honest, none of them are accidents. They’re all things that I look really hard to find, and you find them and go bloody hell. Sometimes you’re in a zone, it’s like meditation, and you’re walking around hours upon hours and you can almost predict something is about to happen before it happens. I think positivity and happiness and the way I deal with people makes me lucky. Which sounds crazy. I’m not positive the whole time though—that would be ridiculous. Some days, I’m going out and I’m on patrol: I’m making sure that nothing’s going to happen. And generally those days nothing happens. And the days that I pretend that I’ve just landed from Mars on planet Earth and everything is amazing, completely amazing, and I look at things with kid eyes—those are the days that generally, things happen. Some days you have a feeling like it’s following you, which is great.
Great interview with Matt Stuart. Check out more of his work on iN-PUBLiC.