Photograph of Artist MARK NELSON
Chicago, Illinois - United States

Original Artworks (1)

Mark Nelson; Credito, 2013, Original Painting Acrylic, 62 x 59 inches. Artwork description: 241  Painting, UIMA, Ukrainian_ Institute_ of_ Modern_ Art, Chicago, Panama ...
Mark Nelson
Original Acrylic Painting, 2013
62 x 59 inches (157.5 x 149.9 cm)
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Artist Statement

Before arriving to Chicago Mark Nelson traveled extensively overseas with his family. Nelsonís early childhood residencies involved adapting to new surroundings, diverse cultures, and becoming aware of his inherit role as an icon of U.S. occupation. As a North American colonist, the privilege to be a product of the United States carried with it the stigma of the conqueror. A symbol of empirical denial to equity, fair trade, fair politics, and monopoly of resources, Nelson was motivated to validate his life journey through an exploration of projects that have involved inequity in labor, racial profiling, cultural demonization, and economic domination. While his early artwork in Panama was forged in the politically and socially charged arena of a 1970 - 1980ís Central America, it was Nelsonís arrival to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he began to expand his media repertoire. Over the years, Mark Nelson established himself within the community of Chicago as a laboring artist and teacher. While his travels continue to bring me back to Panama for rejuvenation, Nelson is firmly grounded, toiling within his Studio and home located in Chicagoís historic Pilsen neighborhood. ...