Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts
Mark S. Sanders - Abstract Sculptor, Writer & Performance Poet
Mark S. Sanders is a self-taught multi-media artist and sculptor who creates almost exclusively with found and reclaimed objects scavenged from the alleys of his home city of Baltimore.
As an artist for 35 years, Mark has worked in nearly every aspect of creative art, including poetry, music, graphic design, script writing, acting, set building, art directing, and producing events for visual and performance art. Mark has been a featured poet at such venues as Artscape, The Martin Luther King Memorial Library, The Maryland Institute College of Art and the WHFS Festival at RFK Stadium. He has hosted, organized and promoted hundreds of literary and multimedia events and garnered two Baltimore's Best awards from the Baltimore City Paper for his literary events and publications. He was also awarded first prize in the Baltimore City Paper’s statewide 8th Annual Poetry Contest and in 2000, was honored with an individual artist grant for poetry by the Maryland State Arts Council.
In 2014, he turned his attention solely to 3-D work, and now focuses exclusively on abstract sculpture in metal, wood, concrete and glass. It is created from very specific abandoned and forgotten things: plastic toy cars belonging to his brother as a child; 1970s PC boards from his father’s engineering company; burst water pipes and termite-eaten wood recovered from his own apartment as he refurbished it.
Mark has a unique and eclectic style of assemblage, and often creates his work in series of 4, 8, 12 or more pieces that share a related feeling or theme. An intense and prolific artist, he works every day with an obsessive compulsion, and has created over 200 pieces in two years.
In 2016, Mark worked together with the Overlea Community Association to create the Overlea ArtsFest, and has served as its curator and head juror since it began.