Mark Mariano is a western Sydney based artist and writer. Working with Rizcel Gagawanan for the first time as part of his Magnify creative development, Mark explores identity, form and cultures in Sydney in this new work. Mark shares a few words about his work, motivations and what’s to come with Blacktown Arts ahead of the release of the podcast later this year.
How has the lockdown impacted your creative process?
It’s been hard setting mental and emotional boundaries during lockdown. My workplace and my personal space suddenly became the same thing, so it was hard adjusting. I feel I create the best when I’m at Starbucks Mt Druitt with my friends and the constant chatter and the whistles of the coffee machines, so it was a little hard going without.
What are your thoughts and how do you feel about participating in Magnify as an emerging artist?
I feel so incredibly honoured to have been chosen for this project. My ethos as an emerging writer and creator has always been about the representation of the intersections I sit in. There’s a real sense of home and comfort with this project, and for this to all happen in my backyard is such an immense privilege.
What can people look forward to about your artwork in Magnify?
A real and raw reflection of Blacktown’s diverse Filipino community-whether it be Starlight Bakery as a backdrop, or moment of contemplation at Woodcroft Lake. There will be tears and laughter and moments of complete and utter confusion, and I can’t wait to share!