One steel hull Tall Ship. 30 creatives. 14 days in Svalbard. 6 Polar Bears. Mark, a Rhode Island resident and 2017 MFA graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, recently found himself on a floating artist residency - The Arctic Circle - in the Svalbard archipelago alongside 29 other visual artists, writers, educators and art activists. They recorded sound and song of the glaciers, attempted to capture the mythical essence of Arctic waters and the land of the midnight sun through poetry and paint, and tried lugging heavy, old photographic equipment to make film images. Mark will be sharing many facets of not just an unusual expedition premise, but also how he and some of his peers are attempting to translate their experience, hoping to bring a bit of the Arctic home.
Despite growing up in the landlocked city of Indianapolis, Mark has managed to find his way to coastal Rhode Island where he resides with his wife and young son. Mark’s interests and pursuits in art, design, craft and architecture have led him to a wide spectrum of experiences and roles that span from residential construction sites to art galleries. Mark recently completed his Masters in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently works for O&G Studio, a furniture design studio and manufacturer in Warren, RI.
This lecture is free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10.