"In the works of Matton, the intensity comes from the miniaturization, which is a violence done to the lifesize. This is the most effective form of artifice. Having the entire microcosm of a studio, a living room, a cinema beneath one’s gaze is like being at the minute heart of representation, like looking from the inside of the eye at the real world resuscitated as a three-dimensional retinal image. The irony comes from the desuetude of the scattered objects, the worn armchairs, the crumpled newspapers, the silent pianos - it is the irony of tromp-l’oeil and, as in trompe-l’oeil, which is not painting, it is the dizzying effect of metaphysical exactitude, of detail, and of the reduced mental model which astounds the critical facilities."
"The world has become a seminar. Everything now takes this wearisome academic form. Some existences are merely perpetual seminars, with the hope of a cool grave in Culture’s shade at the end. The Last Judgement transformed into a giant symposium, with all travel and hotel expenses paid."
"I enter the room and close the door so gently that I am not noticed (either by the woman who is in the room or by the door itself). I feel like a witness to my own absence. I leave the room without making a sound."