Reinvention, the Newsletter.

Thought I’d add this email newsletter that I sent out before the holidays. Pertinent.

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Reinvention.

Hi Friends!

I hope this finds everyone well and dealing appropriately (for any and all meanings of the word) with the onrushing holidays and new year.

I wanted to reach out not just with well-wishes, but also with some capital-N News.

After nearly 30 years of making things in metal, stone, and wood, I’ve decided it’s time to reconfigure my artistic practice and transition to working solely in two dimensions. The primary driver of this decision is my physical well-being: I’ve been dealing with chronic pain and dexterity issues basically since starting down this path, and these problems have only escalated as I wander into my fifth decade. It seems that wrestling and grinding and cursing metal into sculptural shapes can be less than therapeutic for one’s genetic predisposition to joint problems. Go figure.

My initial explorations into using the computer as a creative tool were prompted by this desire to experience less pain, and I’ve slowly developed a methodology that I can exploit for 2D work as a replacement for the three dimensional stuff. Probably most importantly, I’m massively excited and proud of the work I’ve been able to produce this way, and feel a joy while working that has been in short supply while building big sculptural pieces. There is nothing more valuable to me as an artist than that sense of joy in the process, and I hope it’s as infectious and exciting to you as it is to me. Of course, as with any big change, there is also a sense of trepidation for what the future may hold, and a newfound need for the support of my friends, colleagues, and patrons. Feel free to get in touch and don’t hesitate to offer advice or opportunity. Hit me up!

So, as I stride/stumble boldly into this new chapter of my creative life, I invite you to come along. Watch your step, check your laces, and stay hydrated!

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.

— J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Yours,

Mark

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