The concerns that inform my work are based around questions of identity, desire, freedom and difference. I am interested in narrative and in its undoing, in how we are constructed as human beings and what we look to and re-fashion, as individuals, in terms of constructing ourselves.
In my series Marie Claire RIP (2007) I play the role of an unnamed woman. Initially arrested and photographed by the N.Y.P.D. Marie Claire magazine then presented these mug-shots under the header Diary of a Heroin Addict. I re-staged the portraits using myself as subject and used the article’s title as an anagram for each of the image texts, in conjunction with the dates when the original mug-shots were taken. The images are shot on a large format camera so they can be exhibited slightly larger than life-size.
In part this piece was motivated by a desire to memorialise an unnamed person, a woman who had already died and had no control over the use of her own image. This woman is changing before our eyes and looking back at us, observing her demise. At once the projection space for my own addiction/annihilation fears, I also wanted her different, rewritten, destination unclear. In attempting to memorialise an unknowable woman I am perpetuating a fiction. In doing so my intention was to open up the narrative by inhabiting the space of the other.
While the piece challenges the veracity of the photographic portrait it also finds an authenticity in a notion of self-portraiture which involves acting. It is me and it isn’t her and yet it is her and it isn’t me at the same time.
Catherine Somzé wrote of this work: “These 12 self-portraits in the guise of a staged index documenting the downfall of an unknown drug-addict constitute a reflection on the ideology of photography and on the cultural inscription of the female body.”
List of Works
Series: Marie Claire RIP (2007)
All images 30 x 36 inches
Digital C Type print
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Essay / Essee, Performance / Performanssi, Photography / Valokuvaus
As an artist, Mark Wojcik follows his creative instincts with an aim to fulfill the objectives of his artistic philosophy. By creating and exploring the never-ending permutations of light, color, and shape, his work becomes a record and commentary on the power of variety. Working with precise geometry as a guide has created a playground in which he can manipulate and embrace the rigidity of visual constructions. The mazes and patterns in his work developed from his preference to working in the abstract. While working in the tradition of Mondrian and other artists who explored the possibilities of pure form and color through geometric means, Mark Wojcik expands that tradition with elements of conceptualism and abstract illusionism, to create a compelling postmodern synthesis.
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Painting / Maalaus