Artist statement





I am a multidisciplinary artist educator who has built my practice on a foundation of painting and drawing. More recently, my methods have included moving image, performance, and text. Alongside the making of my work, I continue to research how these art forms interact with, originate from, and are removed from Blackness. The moving image and the performance of my writing, usually monologues, resemble the preaching and teaching styles seen in Black Pentecostal churches. This subtly underpins my practice as I draw upon my upbringing in the Christian faith. The use of language and imagery documents important and marginalised experiences with a gentle and powerful voice; not dissimilar to the ‘tough love’ I experienced growing up. Much of my work derives from conversations, imagery, workshops, and teaching. Each of these processes reference my role as an artist educator where I, again, attempt to engage in critical conversations with love, sincerity, and urgency; elements that are evident within Black and Pentecostal church culture.
My work not only considers identity politics and critical race theory, subjects that have been explored in Western art for centuries, rather it explores how I can use the qualities of Blackness to have conversations about any other subject.

To do this, I have been focusing on linguistics; the behaviour and politics of language and the Black women who raise and love me. Along with the incredible contribution of work made by the Blk Arts group in the '80s and '90s, I am inspired and charged by the writings of Stuart Hall, Bell Hooks and Toni Morrison. All of whom discuss, in various ways, the politics, othering, and power of Black identity.


“I [am relearning] to to speak more conversationally, with rather than at an audience, in the rhythm of my own feelings” 
Stuart Hall






Mark