Mark Yasenchack

Cleveland, OH

Mark Yasenchack is a ceramic and mosaic artist using texture and glaze to create depth on the surface of clay. The clay tiles, or tessera, are combined with glass and stone tiles and found elements to create mosaic forms and murals.  His inspiration is as often from ancient cobbled roads as it is from formal decorative mosaics; the lines often slightly off, the color filtered through a patina of age and wear. His work is inspired by relics, especially those relics without a clear providence, their function and place lost to and in time.  He prefers to experiment with clay techniques to create carved stone-like effects or using water-etching to replicate mud-dyed cloth-like imagery in clay. Despite these mixed-media techniques and inspirations his core connection is with a material he grew up playing with. The oil-based modelling clay was a constant companion, he used it to create imaginary stage sets and alien or undersea worlds, an exercising his young imagination and clumsy fingers, developing both for his career as a teaching artist.

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