Luca Curci talks with MARKHAM during ANIMA MUNDI 2019 – VISIONS at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi.
Markham’s work is an embodiment of the independent artistic spirit which finds dark overtones of monsters and uncertainty by taking a surrealist view to explore subjects that many shy away from. An artist and musician from Detroit, Markham shows us the beautiful ugly side of life that has no boundaries. Markham brings a unique vision and voice that is yet unheard, and needed, in the world of art.
LUCA CURCI – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
MARKHAM – I’ve been illustrating since I could hold a pencil and in my early childhood comic books were the biggest influence on my work, later branching off to stimuli of the outer world, influences of what I perceived to be outside of me. In my own tongue in cheek method I was holding the mirror up to some of the darker aspects of society and the world at large. My work took a darker turn from there, which became the greatest influence to push me more toward my surrealist style.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
M – Most of what I create in art comes from the uniqueness of my own imagination; therefore, I don’t normally maintain a concrete subject matter. However, in recent years I have branched into some pop-art which has afforded me a more consistent subject matter in some more famous individuals like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. I am also executing an on-going project honoring all of the musicians from Detroit and some other parts of Michigan.
LC- Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?
M – I’ve rarely had visitors give suggestions on my art, however, I see other people’s opinions of the work as only posing a different perspective of the work itself; a perspective I may have even overlooked in the piece. I would say it broadens my horizons, as others perspectives tend to do.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
M – My style is continually changing since I practice art with a fluidity and progression that challenges me on even the most primal level. I don’t tend to stick to one style or type of art as it is a continual experiment for me. However, I would say a major portion of my work falls under the guise of surrealism.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
M – Mostly, this was answered in questions 2 and 4 above, however, I would say that thematically I have a tendency to touch on subjects most artists tend to shy away from. Still, as art goes, I am ever evolving and exploring subject matters of late that are not so harsh and brutal.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
M – Most of the pieces that were chosen for the exhibition represent the theme of the festival in several connecting ways. The piece, “Imbalanced” for example, represents the seeming chaos of energy flowing throughout the world in a way that can make things appear as if the darkness wins out over the light, by those who hold such a perspective. Although I don’t personally view energy that way the piece is speaking to those who do. Another example is in the piece, “Bound”, which is representative of the fact that we are all connected by the same energy and made from the same source. As it is said, we are all stardust, and this flow of interconnected energy binds us all together, along with every other thing on the planet.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
M – Another piece bearing another strong message regarding the perspective of energies duality comes from the piece, “Ax On the Hammer.” In this piece we see a man with an ax in hand who looks as though he could be a sinister force out to brutally murder someone; or, he could be a benevolent woodsman simply going to work to cut down some trees. By this interpretation a duality of what is often seen as the energetic, or rather, fictitious forces of good and evil are represented through each point of view.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
M – Yes, I think Its Liquid Group opens doors to international opportunities for artists from a place where some artists may not have had any chance of exposure in that market before.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
M – I would suggest collaboration with your group and found the services and individuals I worked with from your organization to be accommodating and professional, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you and to take part in the Anima Mundi exhibition.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
M – Yes, I had a wonderful time at the opening, and meeting everyone there. Thank you very much again for this opportunity.