About Mark Wilhelm

We live our lives in a series of mostly expected sights and occurrences. The main goal of my art is to take those everyday things, those pieces of public consciousness and change one small detail in an effort to shock the mind into seeing the world in a different way.

Whether it’s through abstract paintings designed to make you think about the colors you see every day in a different way or pop culture icons painted into renaissance paintings I want to wake people up. I want them to find unexpected emotion in the everyday.

Life is strange and lovely and funny but also sad at times, art should be all of those things.

I feel the same way about any two dimensional work that I do. I want them to be instantly recognizable as a functional item for use in everyday life but also to be surprising in a certain small ways.

The process of researching traditions and exact functions of ceramic vessels is one of my favorite things to do on the planet. Translating that knowledge into a functional item that I can apply my own sense of style to is super satisfying as well.

The ceramic vessels that I make stay true to tradition and are very functional without sacrificing a sense of fun. They have a variety of color and texture to make them look and feel good in the hand.

These are vessels that people will use everyday and hopefully fall in love with. I am certainly in love with every step of the process of making them.

Aside from making very useful items I am starting the journey of making purely decorative ceramic items that give a nod to origami and the natural world.

-Mark Wilhelm