Artist Profile

Mark Rafter

Escondido, California | website | email

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My sculptures are carved from one or multiple pieces of EPS using saws, a hot knife and a torch. I make thick, coarse shapes and edges, break things, melt, burn, texture and then finesse the chaos to its final form. After sealing with cement, the pieces are finished with copper, iron, glass, pumice, metal patinas and acrylic paints.

I believe we need to think differently about how we use materials. In my case, I am repurposing energy, turning Trash into Beauty. My art is a form of alchemy, the transformation of upcycled styrofoam into abstract and contemporary works of art.

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Out of the Box
Out of the Box

mixed media 
24 x 20 x 2

Found Object
Found Object

mixed media 
24 x 24 x 3

Rock It
Rock It

mixed media 
24 x 20 x 14

Square Wave
Square Wave

mixed media 
24 x 24 x 2.5

Totem Trail
Totem Trail

mixed media 
30 x 5 x 2

Trestles
Trestles

mixed media 
18 x 30 x 3

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