Neal Baer Collection

Matija Čop

I Really Don’t Want You to Go to Sleep Right Now


Ethylene vinyl acetate

74.8 x 19.7 x 19.7 in; 190 x 50 x 50 cm

Courtesy of the artist

Matija Čop (b. 1987, Cerna, Croatia) lives and works in London. After completing undergraduate degrees in Croatian philology and fashion design in Zagreb, Čop received his MA from the Royal College of Art, London, and worked in haute couture for several years. Čop developed a method of constructing seamless garments out of thousands of pieces of interlocked, laser-cut pieces of ethylene vinyl acetate foam which required generative design and modelling software. In 2021, he started making sculptures with this laborious process. I Really Don’t Want You to Go to Sleep Right Now is from a series of suspended foam sculptures which translate the sound waves of personal audio recordings into three-dimensional forms.

As in his other work, Čop here is interested in the process of translation and building a “visual language from selected unit elements which are iteratively combined, reconfigured and dissolved in accordance with self-contrived, project-specific logics. The resultant works invite reflection on tensions between order/disorder, manufacture/craft, and unit/system.” (Čop’s website)


Studio of the artist

See also

Artist’s website

Matija Čop in the collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris