Mark Swartz has been working as sculptor, designer and creative fabricator for over 10 years. As an artist Mark has produced two solo shows and has won the Young Sculptor Prize, Sculptures by the Sea 2011, First Prize Harbour Sculpture 2014, First Prize Wingham Sculpture Prize and Finalist, Sculptures by the Sea 2017. As Managing Director of production company Feather Edge, Mark has worked with designers and artist from across the globe to project manage and produce their creative works. These works have been exhibited at Documenta 14, Art Gallery NSW, Sydney Biennale, Sydney Festival as well as theatres and events across NSW.
Exploring new material and sustainability are at the core of Mark Swartz’s artistic practice. Working with a broad variety of materials spanning from bamboo to re-using car tyres, delicate copper wire, timber and steel, Swartz seeks out the extreme boundaries of the elements he works with. His work explores organic shapes, inspired by nature but always with an industrial intervention. People are changing nature dramatically and so to we need to think about how nature can evolve to meet the demands of a modern world. What does this change look like? and, how do we feel about it? are questions at the core of his practice.
Festival DATES 21 to 24 NOVEMBER 2019