South African born glass artist Bruce Marks, now living in London, credits a recent trip back to his homeland with a marked shift in his current body of work. I first saw Marks’ sculpture at SOFA NY 2010, where he was represented by Zest Gallery and was immediately drawn to this giraffe head (scroll down for the giraffe). Further research uncovered his website and the glorious Totem series.
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“Totemic” is a term used to group together sculptures which have a definite vertical configuration. Its origins are the standing figures in most cultural traditions. Locked and stacked to create monumental works which seem to resound with echoes of an ancient past.These totems represent fragments of my life in Africa that I hold dear. Exploring colour, design, and assemblage; I try and use intense colors to bring my work to life.