Briefly describe the work you do.
My work focuses on the concept of escapism as a means to develop an imaginative universe. Primarily, the work is interdisciplinary, spanning the mediums of painting, drawing, and sculpture.
Tell us a little about your background and how that influences you as an artist.
Currently, I am a graduate student at the University of Missouri working towards my MFA in painting. I am influenced by various media from classical and figurative painting and sculpture to comics and video games.
The concept of the “artist studio” has a broad range of meanings, especially in contemporary practice. The idea of the artist toiling away alone in a room may not necessarily reflect what many artists do from day to day anymore. Describe your studio practice and how it differs from (or is the same as) traditional notions of “being in the studio.”
My studio practice consist of working on drawings, paintings, and sculpture in a cubical-like space. however, even when I am not in my studio I am still researching and creating work on my computer or drawing in my sketchbook. I believe that the idea of a studio practice has expanded from working in a confined room to working anywhere, researching and absorbing media and images.
What unique roles do you see yourself as the artist playing that you may not have envisioned yourself in when you first started making art?
A role I see myself as the artist is the means to provide an effective meaning for everything developed in the creation of work from mark-making and medium to content and concept.
When do you find is the best time of day to make art? Do you have time set aside every day, every week or do you just work whenever you can?
Since I am in graduate school I am constantly in the studio working.
How has your work changed in the last five years? How is it the same?
My work has changed from learning specific techniques to learning how to create work specifically tied to a developing concept.
Are there people such as family, friends, writers, philosophers or even pop icons that have had an impact on the work you do?
I am influenced by the work of Art Spiegelman, Robert Krumb, Jack Kirby, Kehinde Wiley etc.
If you had an occupation outside of being an artist, what would that be and why?
I would possibly go into teaching because of the high moral reward of helping and educating others.
Jeffrey Markworth is a visual artist from Warrensburg, MO, who is currently pursuing an MFA in Painting at The University of Missouri, Columbia. Markworth’s work focuses on the concept of escapism as a means to develop an imaginative universe. Primarily, the work is interdisciplinary, spanning the mediums of painting, drawing, and sculpture.
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