Mark Dion

Mark Dion loves the world of stuff. Yard sales, junk stores. He surrounds himself with the things that inspires him, sometimes getting these things transformed into sculptures. A part of the thought process that Dion goes through includes that of windows; windows into the past and a view of what the natural world would be like if humans had not come to that place. Humour, irony and metaphors often line his work, and Dion believes these are the bread and butter of an artist.
In a controversial piece, Dion covers rats in tar as a punishment and expression of tar, history and tolerance. He does not spend time thinking about the future but rather the present, and looking after the world in it. A critical foil to dominate water.
Dion also takes items that have already fallen from nature, such as trees. He uses these pieces to show the complex hierarchy of nature. Taking things from nature allows him to give them life after death, such as the fallen tree. This tree was returned to a site where it would have been found, transporting it to a new community, while also bringing its own community with it. Dion worked with scientists in order to conserve the ecological system of the tree, and to build a triangular building that provides the same conditions from which it came from. This is because when we destroy a natural system, it is very hard to get it back. In this building, there is also a forced perspective as people are urged to walk through the smaller end of the building, giving an Alice Through the Looking Glass feel to the entrance. This is inspired through the sense of the wonderful. The building is a very particular, not natural garden, trying to replicate what nature can do.
Dion often works on time pieces that will last generations, emphasising nature as a process, making lifetime commitments. Just like having a child.

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