Mark Scott-Wood

Mark Scott-Wood
I collect discarded debris, objects and images. This can include anything from empty cigarette packets and plastic containers to furniture or cars. I find these particular kinds of objects intriguing and acknowledge the simple and hidden potential that they possess; through this mode of thinking, the work begins.

Though I work almost exclusively with found items, the process of playing with and changing these objects into a work of art by the application of texture and concept is an ongoing experiment with appearance and material and, for me, this is where the passion for creation gets most exciting. Exploring the nature of imagination with a physical outcome helps me to artistically fuel the uncertain conclusion of a piece. This result is guided by many external factors, varying from perhaps the lyrics to a song, a joke I have recently heard or even, on occasion, objects from a dream or a nightmare.

A certain level of humour exists within my work. It is sometimes innuendo, sometimes slapstick, sometimes dark but this thin thread of absurdity always runs through. With this in mind, sometimes the work can be deceptively immediate but will always, in the end, demand further attention. As such, one will find that there will often be many hidden levels requiring investigation, beyond the obvious. All of these elements are brought together with a certain childlike curiosity but reflect a world in which innocence is long since lost but never quite forgotten. The work that is not easily classified is personally most successful, lurking in the grey areas between extremes of definition and the conventions of categorisation.

A love of the obsessively-made versus a need for meaningful concept produces a hybrid of appearance. My subject matter is eclectic. The world is full of so many distractions; I take these distractions and make them the focus of what I do.

Image: Witch Man Tree Daemon (a dark match forest wrestler) 2012 – live art installation at the WW Gallery