NSCAD Graduation Catalogue


Marc Knowles

MFA Fine and Media Arts



Platform Peek
In my latest series, I continue to investigate the physical properties – and possibilities – of paint by pouring and mixing large quantities of acrylic and ink in an intuitive yet strategic manner. The fluid colours intermingle and coagulate into semi-abstract forms referencing natural structures, seventies science-fiction imagery, and psychedelia. I merge these sources to create spaces that function as sensorial and emotional platforms.

My recent paintings focus on starry and geometric patterns to present a moody celestial dimension. Through its lyrical qualities and suggestions of escapism, the work reflects themes of contemporary romanticism, acting as habitat for introspection, affective intensity, and passion. I documents fragments of the natural and urban world in an attempt to explore the shifting landscape of the inner self while presenting a personal vision of synthetic beauty.

   She Stagnated
As a new project, I sculpt childlike and monstrous characters from the excess of liquid media and tape used in my painting process. The bodies of the figurines reference the simplicity of Neolithic sculptures, while their outfits are inspired by ancient pagan costumes and eccentric fashions of the last decades. My fleshy moldable beings breathe a naïve and humorous undertone in my body of work. The residual sculptures seek to underline the dark comedy of human existence by embodying discomfort, rebellion, and fragility.

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