Matt Suplee creates interactive installations, exhibitions and experiences for educational and commercial contexts. He practiced architecture in New Orleans before attending the Rhode Island School of Design where he earned his Master of Industrial Design degree. At RISD he initiated a focus on interactive experiences and installations as a vehicle to educate and communicate information and ideas.
In Portland, Matt has worked as a 3D designer, motion-designer, illustrator, and mostly as an exhibit designer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. In that role he helped to create collaboratively-developed, traveling and permanent exhibits, funded by the National Science Foundation, as well as interactive experiences for the museum floor. Currently, he is exploring how design can prepare us for when everything goes sideways.
Matt also creates art experiences with his wife, Julia Barbee, an artist and perfumer. They collaborated most recently under the moniker, souvenir_collab, for High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, CA. That project created a protracted road-trip experience; wherein, participants picked up scented “souvenirs” at various points along the HDTS route - unifying their experience and playing with the idea of scent-memory as a feature of experience. Their current project, creating an urban art space and a satellite rural arts center in the Northwest, also embraces community experience and place-making.