Mark’s sculptures are wall mounted pieces in cast bronze with the addition of some steel
and lead. His drawings use burning, gunpowder and rust printing as well as more
conventional ink drawing. His 'Ash Map' series record the plight of ash trees in Grass
Woods due to ash dieback, 'Walking Treasures' drawings link together the experience of
place, created by stopping and taking notice of small features in a landscape, with the
journey taken between these places.
Maps are a significant part of the way he experiences the landscape: visualising where he
wants to go, navigating, recording his journeys. Maps tie this exhibition together and Mark
uses their universal language to draw viewers in and invite them to explore his work.
Mark says: ‘My work aims to express the fragments of remembered views and
experiences built up by travelling through my local landscape. I also highlight my concerns
about the ecology of the areas I travel through and their fragile nature. Although I am using
metal in my sculptures - a markedly permanent material - I harness chance by using wood
or thin wax originals in my castings to create imperfect and fractured pieces, mirroring the
impermanence and vulnerability of the environment around me.’