Mark Jenkins is a street-artist and sculptor, who exhibits in public spaces or the privacy of art galleries. The technique he developed to create is the basis of all his work; it involves moulding objects as well as people’s bodies (including his own), using plastic film and adhesive tape. These moulds form a multitude of characters that he then generally places in the street: ducks, dogs, translucent babies, and especially more realistic models when they’re dressed. Placed in streets or interiors, these sculptures compose surreal scenes and inevitably start to interact with passers-by or visitors.
Mark Jenkins has installed his works all over the world, through a variety of artistic projects and events in public space. In 2018, a powerful installation titled Project 84 brought together 84 figures on the roof of the ITV building in Southbank, London, alerting passers-by to the prevalence of male suicide in the UK. In 2019, he took part in the Rose Béton biennial in Toulouse, installing a number of striking sculptures in the public space. More recently, five of his hooded figures were seen busying themselves with crazy activities in front of City Hall in Laguna Beach, California.
Funny and disturbing at the same time, Mark Jenkins’ creations always leave an impression. Built into our landscapes, these little dramas transform the streets into silent theatre. "Above all, I create a social experience. I could be a sociologist. I think I'm exploring something beyond street art. It's another experience." Mark Jenkins
For years, Mark Jenkins has been creating his installations with his colleague, Sandra Fernandez.