Connie Norman
Connie Norman

Marko Fields Plinth Gallery Artist Interview


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The work of Marko Fields is an exciting new addition to Plinth Gallery’s exhibition schedule.  His highly narrative vessels reflect his sense of mythology, spirituality, and philosophy.  Using a variety of materials, Fields builds highly patterned and embellished pieces that tell stories which may be socially or politically important. His newest series of figurative works feature the frog as a barometer species, which speaks to our eco-health. Fields’ work explores current themes that are both timely and highly relevant.

Marko’s show opens this Friday August 6, 2010 from 6:00 – 9:00. 

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Tell us a little about yourself!

I was born and raised in Wichita, KS, the youngest of four in a fundamentalist Baptist family. I have never been fundamentalist material, so it was a struggle finding my way. I happen to be one-eighth Comanche and a lot Irish (my Mom was ashamed of her own one-quarter Comanche, three-quarter Irish white-trash lineage) so I suppose the dysfunction of my youth logically contributed to my genetic predisposition to addiction. My youth, though not without some achievement and happiness, was mainly misspent. During my childhood I was blessed with a classic studio art education. I suppose I have always drawn, painted, written and played music. In 1976, I dropped-out of college, giving-up on my dream of one day teaching art at the university level. In 1977, heartbroken by a love-of-my-life, I hitchhiked from Wichita to South Florida, never returning for other than visits. After three years in South America, mostly in Bolivia, I returned to the States, if one calls Key West part of the USA. My first five years in KW led to my ultimate bottom, wherein I sought recovery. I spent another 5 years in KW. I met Amy, my wife of 20 years, in KW and she gave me the gift of going back to college to finish my BFA and then get an MFA. Dropping back in to KU in 1991 as a sculpture major, I discovered clay by taking Ceramics 1 and I realized quickly I had found my life’s work.

I’m all better now… Yeah, right. I’ll celebrate 25 years clean on August 9th. Life is actually amazing; I have two kids: Michael (18) and Abby (15). Quite frankly, they are extraordinary. I have to assume that is because of my wife, Amy. I am just grateful that they aren’t doing what I did at their age…


How did you become an artist?

See above. It’s a long answer and if you really want to know, come to the opening. I can talk faster than I can type.


How would you describe your style? One of the hardest things for artists to do is to stand apart from everyone else. How long did it take you to come up with your own style and signature look?

My work is very narrative, though that does not describe a visual style. I would say that my work is defined a passion for personal iconography, visual movement, texture, anthropomorphism, animation, gesture, personal mythology, irreverence, the blues, humor and entoptics. If you really want to know about entoptics, come to the opening…

I am told my style is very distinctive. I agree. I’ve always been able to identify my work.


What is your inspiration for your pieces?

Is this a trick question? There is no single inspiration for my work; it goes piece-by-piece with me.

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What keeps you motivated?

Commitment. I believe that there are things that will only be done if I do them. Of course, this happens to be true for everyone, but a lot of folks don’t know it. I believe in art; it is essential, it is worth doing. Art contributes to the quality of life. It’s THAT important.

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Are you a full-time artist? How do you come up with your creations? Can you walk us through your creative process when dreaming up new pieces?

First, I am full-tilt boogie in the studio probably four months a year, beginning in May. Then I begin my academic and NCECA work cycles from September until the NCECA conference. I do work in my studio nearly every day and I am always thinking about work; I rarely dream about my work. Dreams are where I work on my pathologies. But, I write a lot, and sketch ideas and thoughts. My creative cycle is this: 3% conceptualization, 95% showing-up and 2% magic. Talk to me about this at the opening. Come to the opening. I will answer any question, sometimes with ‘I don’t know.’

There are a lot more questions but let me just say that I believe in what I do. I’m lucky that every aspect of my employment revolves around clay. As I am writing from Mexico, and I’m really tired, I’ll just say: Come to the opening. It will be fun, if nothing else.


Thanks Marko, I hope you have a wonderful turn out for your reception!!  It looks like it will be an amazing show.

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3 Responses to “Marko Fields Plinth Gallery Artist Interview”

  1. jim Says:

    beautiful work marko… thanks connie for posting the interview. crazy nice work!

  2. Patricia Griffin Says:

    Love Marko’s pieces. Inspirational. We share similar stories… Happy B-day Marko! Mine is Aug. 13. Woot!

  3. ang Says:

    great interview, i really enjoyed this one…cheers ang