Mark L Swart
Mark’s art is a process of form reaching towards beauty, whether it being design, sculptural, architectural or functional. The design philosophy is simple: form follows function, using only the essential line and shape to define the object. It’s about how form presents itself, the message it conveys and the feelings that it calls forth.
When Mark gave a sculpture a title, he gives them life and opening channels to communicate their story to the observer. The sculpture and all its stories can co-exist without needing explanation from its creator.
Steel is often perceived as a hard, cold, strong and unyielding material and often, it evokes those emotions. Mark expresses other qualities of metal by stretching the physical plasticity of the material which enhances the image and conveys the emotional message of the sculpture.
He has a keen interest in the natural oxidation process of steel and the visual qualities that this adds to the material, but also like applying colour, which adds a different dimension and speaks its own language.
The idea within each piece usually dictates how the medium is best used to the ends of communicating a feeling. In his current work, there are a few different veins of exploration that are sometimes custom and site specific.
His art is to create a balance between the spiritual and the physical world – through his thoughts, word and deeds, a process of uniting imagination and sensation with physical matter.