For over thirty years, artist Mark Weighton has been writing and creating artworks that explore an animist vision of the interconnectedness of existence. From his studio in the Surrey Hills, UK, he has exhibited work internationally which features in several notable public and private collections across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
His current output is primarily environmentally concerned, employing a wide range of media to actively highlight the pressing issues surrounding Earth's climate crisis. His recent large sculpture installation 'Burnt Wood' fabricated entirely from recycled plastic lumber and displayed at the United Nations COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, received acclaim across international press and media platforms.
Alongside painting and sculpture, writing has played a consistent role in his practice, with contributions made to a variety of UK publications. Since 2016, his main literary focus has been his lunar influenced, irreverent moonblog 'Mooning Monthly' which continues to grow an enthusiastic international audience. Mark also enjoys the company of his grown up children; he teaches, gives lectures, tends his garden and allotment and occasionally illustrates a children's book.
He says, “Bearing in mind our current climate crisis, I believe it’s time to re-examine our relationship with the planet and each other. What are the consequences of our culturally entrenched behaviour today? What can we do, what destructive habits can we change now to prevent further suffering? Can we consistently employ our thoughts, words and deeds to bring benefit to All, not just to those that can afford it.
I have been arguing for some while that soon most art will be climate or environment art. To not have the climate breakdown at the heart of art practice is to my mind a denial of the issue. As the world burns in front of us, most aspects of our lives will be affected no matter where we live. Our security and cost of living; how we work and get around; even how we eat will be forced to change while the consumerist juggernaut of unsustainable economic growth thunders on towards oblivion.
Let’s not forget it is us at the wheel. Let’s hope there is still time to change course or better still, stop the engine immediately, get out of the dangerous vehicle and walk away, as swiftly as we can towards a more sustainable, equitable and connected future.”
Further work by Mark Weighton can be found at his website.