Mark Corfield-Moore is a painter whose practice holds woven textiles at its core. The conception of fabrics as nomadic objects is fundamental to his work. Investigating the historic use of textiles in the production of rugs and tents, items that are portable and attached to no specific location, his understanding of fabrics and his practice at large is rooted this sense of transience. These ideas draw, in part, on the artist's own mixed Thai and British heritage, a diasporic identity he consciously reflects upon and interrogates with nuance in his work.
Utilising a distinctive technique based on ikat, a process he learnt in northern Thailand, the artist askews the traditional method of binding and dyeing by painting directly onto the warp threads. Winding the threads on the loom further complicates and distorts the image resulting in a unique glitchiness or what he calls a ‘fizzy heat’. The instability of the form reflects his interest in the nature of both personal memory and collective history, a meditation into our evolving relationship with the past.
Mark Corfield-Moore (b. 1988, Bangkok, Thailand) lives and works in London. He graduated from the Royal Academy Schools with a postgraduate diploma in 2018, and a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins in 2015. Recent exhibitions include Galerie Britta Rettberg, Munich, 2021; New Art Centre, Salisbury, 2020; Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, 2020; Pippy Houldsworth Gallery (Online Viewing Room), London, 2020; Choi & Lager, Cologne, 2019; Jerwood Space, London, 2019 and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2018. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Jerwood Makers Award and in 2018 was awarded the Tiffany & Co. x Outset Studiomakers Prize.