Biography of Mark Mattson
I am an artist and retired art teacher. Though painting is my primary interest, I have taken enthusiastic tangents into art history, printmaking, metalsmithing, woodworking and poetry. My creative process in the studio and classroom alike has often centered on the relationship of image to word.
Mark Mattson's Works:
The Gulliers Quest
A micro trail story available at Blurb.com
Mark Mattson Poems
Jasper Johns: Near The Lagoon 2002 - 3
It found itself embedded in wax This catenary cord This cotton string
How Now Mao
How now Mao? given your 15 of fame, Entomed in an American museum as a commodity hung on a wall,
Sunlight Thick As Fog
sunlight thick as fog hot and lazy country days crunching gravel under bike tires
The Fetishing Of Sticks
I don’t know why I gather sticks in hand held bundles bound in string. Old fashion thick white string, tied around a clutch of wood
How Now Mao
How now Mao?
given your 15 of fame,
Entomed in an American museum
as a commodity hung on a wall,
Crudely silkscreened in black with loose
Unregistered brush strokes to give it a handmade look?
Back home, your billboards and posters long gone,
Supplanted by skyscrapers commerce and carnivores.
Your brand is bankrupt, footnoted, irrelevant.