Mark Rospenda statement


Beginning from a confrontation with uncertainty, I allow distortions and accidents to guide me in the drawings and sculptures that I make. I rely on low-tech equipment and materials, such as laser printers, scanners, graphite, tape, paper, and wood, in my attempt to image the inner landscape that is created and altered during the course of my daily experiences. In this landscape I find a wide variety of things such as strange machines, odd plant forms, houses, diagrams or maps, organs, wandering inhabitants, weapons, soldiers, and animals. I hope for a discovery—to see something without knowing how I arrived there. When I realize what I see, I stop to take note, but do not struggle to clarify what I’m doing. Sometimes I know exactly what’s there, other times I only have a sense of some thing or place. This violent, echoey, and disorienting world is a spindly, jury-rigged, re-mixed, and re-found version of my daily experiences. These glimpses of my inner landscape are held in a rickety balance between the abstract and the concrete—between something recognizable and something unknown or mutated. This oscillating state reflects the condition of the mind as we perceive the world, building and reconfiguring our inner landscape in a constant search for meaning.