"I have an impulse to make art, I cultivate instinct and nurture the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind and employ them to invent and transcend the mundane."
I have an impulse to make art, I cultivate instinct and nurture the relationship between the conscious and subconscious mind and employ them to invent and transcend the mundane. I believe that art is the language required to express what otherwise cannot be described.
I place value on spontaneous, automatic or subconscious creation, I write, draw and when I am at my best speak quickly and instinctively, allowing an interplay between the conscious and subconscious until the narrative appears.
I have an intimate relationship with my art I measure myself against it and I strive to narrow the space between me and it and with this relationship produce meaningful art.
My work often explores the friction between ideals and feelings of incompatibility with the status quo, individuality and marginal relationships. Contrasting characteristics, such as defiance and weakness, cowardice and courage, resilience and the unexpressed experiences of a silent majority are some of the reoccurring themes that make their way into my work.
Writing for me is a very visual experience resulting in vivid imagery which easily translates to film and visual art, giving the poem another life beyond the page and provides another layer for me to guide the audience’s interpretation of the text.
Composing music for my films ties these two elements together, creating a mood that reflects the world in which the poem lives.
For more than a decade Poet, Artist and Film Maker Mark Niehus has conceived and delivered an array of urban projections, street art murals, illustrations, installations and composed spontaneous poems for the public on his typewriter for Local Government, Arts organisations, festivals and numerous solo exhibitions. Mark has also published a book of poems and featured in a variety of online literary journals.
Well versed in language and prose, visual art and multi-media design, Mark has carved his own path as a multi-disciplined Artist. Always seeking to discover new ways to apply his experimental ethos to engage audiences and push the boundaries of his art, for the last two years Mark has focused on writing, directing and producing Poetry Films. These films combine his poetry with digital art, video and music to create outcomes that capture and expand the mood, rhythms and meaning of his writing. Mark’s films have been screened in numerous international film festivals, including the prestigious Newlyn PZ International Film Festival and broadcast on Austrian Television.
As well as traditional film screenings, Mark has successfully produced a number of innovative projection installations that respond to place and illuminate and transform urban environments into captivating visual canvases and poetic soundscapes.