Mark Dickson

I am excited by the process of sculpting: the physical act of creating by the deconstruction and reconstruction of ideas.  To me sculpting is the struggle to reassign beauty, power, and meaning to both found and raw materials, and allowing these forms to exist free of the constraints of the expected norm.”

“Of the endless variety of media in the world, metals are my love, for their possibilities are endless.  Heated, forged, cast or welded, though the metal is cold and hard, with the proper persuasion it becomes warm and alive.  For me, it’s the entanglement, the heat, the sweat and smoke, the challenge of steel and fire – I call this, the romance of construction, and thru this action I seek to challenge the familiar.”

Mark’s exquisite sculptural vessels are created from a diverse series of metals both found and new. Through the processes of welding, forging, casting and hand shaping, as well as etching and the use of multiple metals, pigments and patinas these beautiful sculptures are realized.

They appear as modern, but at the same time reveal elements of a distant past.  Inspired by the art of ancient cultures and the nameless artists and craftsmen lost to the passage of time, Mark strives to bring meaning and passion to each piece.  He is ever exploring and pushing the boundaries of the medium.  His sculptures compliment the modern style, in homes and business interiors ranging from compact to expansive.

Born in the San Francisco Bay area and raised in the foothills of northern California.  Mark traveled the United States, before eventually making his home with his wife in Tallahassee, Florida where they have lived for the past 18 years. He teaches sculpture part time as a member of the adjunct faculty at North Florida College in Madison Florida, and is a full time sculptor with a working studio in the Arts District of Railroad Square in Tallahassee, Florida.