Mark Arnold draws inspiration from architecture and abstract expressionism. He infuses these influences into his work in an incredibly simplified manner. Rather than over-complicating the surface and form, he sticks to the basics. Arnold creates utilitarian wares so that each of his pieces has a specific purpose. The color palette is simple and muted, white with one color plus the utilization of the red clay body. Arnold brings out the slightly distressed surfaces, reminiscent of brick, wood, and stone, using a black wash to highlight the “flaws”. His use of architectural forms, color blocking, and subtle texture and line create an experience for the viewer that is guided while remaining quiet enough to allow the viewer to create their own story.
Arnold used to be a BMX rider that traveled the US. He discovered clay through an injury forcing him to be on crutches for an extended period of time. He began taking community college clay classes and then transferred on to Edinboro University to earn his BFA in ceramics. He is now in his second year of MFA candidacy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.