Mark Hicken

b. 1994, Chesterfield
Lives and works in Cardiff

Mark Hicken, <i>The World I see, 2017</i>
Mark Hicken, The World I see, 2017

Mark Hicken uses collage, sculpture, video and performance explore the cultural discussions surrounding the ‘crisis of masculinity’.

'Due to previous exploration into form and shape I began to look at myself as though I were an object. Concluding I was delicate and fragile, I realised that this image did not align with the body my society prescribes for a 22-year-old male. Through the objectification of myself I wondered if masculinity was itself something tangible. Is the masculine standard objective and physical? If my machismo is entangled in my physical, then it stands to reason that I am not a masculine man. The question then becomes- to what extent should I be content with this. Marrying new and found materials I play on the archetype of the builder, and test the boundaries between craftsmen, artist and labourer.

Recent exhibitions include Juncture, CSAD, 2018, Rattrap 3, Cathays Cons Club, Cardiff 2017 , UNIT(E) WIV Half Term Show G39, 2017. Mark has recently undertaken a residency at the Sidney Nolan Trust 2017.

The artist was in the following exhibitions:
RAT TRAP x g39

Links :
  • Mark Hicken, <i>Men are from Mars, </i>2017
  • Mark Hicken, <i>People Watching </i>(video still), 2017
  • Mark Hicken, <i>Object </i>(video still), 2017
  • Mark Hicken, <i>The World I see, 2017</i>
  • Mark Hicken, <i>Man is God</i>, 2017