Mark Graver – Artist Statement
Memory, Place and Time
The traces of time etched into the environment, be it natural or urban, external or internal; the surfaces making up a city, or the forms of nature observed, remembered and abstracted, produced, re-produced and re-presented.
Current practice involves working with printmaking, digital video and sound with interest concentrated at the point where these approaches meet and cross – the editionable act/event/encounter of pulling a print or screening a film, the re-presenting of this act/event/encounter and its relationship with time, place and memory.
Born, St.Albans, UK, 1964
1985 – 88 – B.A. (Hons) Fine Art – Leeds Polytechnic, UK
1995 – M.A. Printmaking at Camberwell College of Arts, London.
2003 moved to NZ
2006 established The Wharepuke Print Studio in Kerikeri, NZ’s only dedicated non-toxic printmaking workshop specialising in acrylic resist etching and in 2009 Art at Wharepuke gallery.
2009 commissioned by A&C Black, London, to write a printmaking handbook on Non-Toxic Printmaking – published in January 2011.
2010 Invited to Harbin, China as judge for international printmaking competition; awarded first prize at the Lessedra World Art Print Exhibition in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Marks work has been included in major international exhibitions and film festivals and is held in public collections in China, Taiwan, Mexico, Portugal, Turkey, South Africa, UK and New Zealand.