Mark Messenger ‘s sculpture is a melding of folk and fine art traditions.
Steeped in ceramic process and history, his work also pays homage to the rich heritage of sensibilities which comprise American culture. In addition, there’s an introspective quality to the sculpture which the artist explains: “My work is a constructed mythology based on a contemporary perspective. It involves a combination of drawing, painting, modeling and pottery techniques.
Through these I explore social, political and psychological issues in the form of narratives. Within these narratives, a variety of characters interact amidst an eclectic, often anachronistic array of images and objects derived from history, religion, mythology, contemporary life, media and art. Their drama forms the dominant undercurrent. My aim is to piece together some of their universal
Raised in Southern California, received a Masters of Fine Arts from San Diego State University. He moved to the San Francisco East Bay in 1996 to begin a teaching position at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.