House Of The Rising Sun

A personal ongoing project by Matthew Wareley.

During 2014 Matthew had experienced quite an intense change in his life. Matthew was blessed to have someone in his life at the time that constantly reassured him that it is ok for him to feel everything he felt, and helped him realise that he needed to run towards it, face it boldly and embrace it, as opposed to running from it. Through this he was able to work with and deal with his pain in a way that sent him on a journey of self-discovery and self-love.

During this time Matthew discovered the Japanese art of Kintsukuroi:

Kintsukuroi, (v.phr) meaning “to repair with gold”; is a Japanese art form of repairing broken pottery by joining the broken pieces with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. With the idea that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.

The philosophy behind this resonated with and inspired Matthew, even more, as an artist to not hide or dismiss the pain and heartbreak he has felt but rather showcase his “cracks” and to put his pieces back together in a beautiful way that not only benefits himself but those around him and those in similar spaces as well.

During this time he found a strange comfort in being in and observing abandoned spaces. Buildings, schools, hockey pitches, and more. Always only subconsciously aware of this feeling, one night it came to him in words and that’s when he wrote the following piece.


There’s something about abandoned buildings
I hear the cries, and the joy, that once was, in its silence
My heart resonates with the mess left behind by those that have come and gone

I feel a sense of wholeness as I walk through their broken walls

Maybe because in that moment, I’m not the only one in pieces, I’m not the only one abandoned.

Maybe because in that moment, I’m not the only one in pieces, I’m not the only one still standing.

This ongoing series is an ode to Matthew’s journey, an ode to his past, who he was, and who he is becoming, an ode to his pain and an ode to his journey of self-discovery and self-love, an ode to his new self, his growth and ascension and everything in-between. As well as the spaces he felt this strange connection to during this time.

This series is loosely titled House Of The Rising Sun not only because it is one of Matthew’s favourite songs, not only because the energy and words of the song resonate with the energy he feels for these spaces and his experiences but because the title is fitting of his journey,

he went into these spaces and he came out different.

He came out better.

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