by Ruttkowski68 on September 15, 2012
Nothing in Mark Jenkins’s early life pointed to a career in art. The science graduate only became an artist after messing around with packaging tape and discovering its potential as a sculpting material. He created his first life-sized figure made from tape ten years ago and displayed it on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Even then, his sculptures of men, women, babies and animals looked realistic. Since then, Jenkins has made them look even more life-like, by dressing them in second-hand clothes.
Jenkins’s figures have added to street life in cities all around the world. They shift our sense of irony and humor and question their surroundings, too – its accepted realities, norms and conventions. As Jenkins once explained, “If the city was a body, my artworks were like herpes – the body attacks itself.”