Having lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates for more than ten years, Pilkington sees the country from an ambiguous position - neither an insider nor an outsider, but empathetic and respectful of the environment in which he has chosen to live, in his work he effectively places himself into the landscape of the UAE as he constructs scenes provoking questions of both personal and universal relevance. Whilst superficially it may seem as if Pilkington's adopted homeland serves merely as a backdrop for his thoughts, on closer inspection it becomes apparent that the environments in which he positions himself play an integral and essential role in the structure of the overall image and in defining the questions which he poses through these deliberately constructed scenarios.

It is this ability to work in and with the loal environment, whilst maintaining the integrity of his own creative stance, which makes Pilkington's work of particular interest to Tashkeel. Pilkington's images are depictions of a never-ending story of man's role within the ever-changing landscape. In the rapidly developing surroundings of Dubai, each of us must choose either to become a part of this transformation or to remain as observers of it. His work invokes the notion of how we are connected to and become part of our environment, but at the same time he presents a possible constructed reality. The circumstances are real, and yet the way the images are composed questions the validity of that reality.

Pilkington has had time to observe, reflect on and absorb the environment in which he finds himself and to incorporate these findings into a body of work reflective of this experience. The influence may not be immediately apparent, but rather it is a discovery that comes with interaction, revealing the hidden layers beneath the dust.

Artist Biography

Mark Pilkington
Islander

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1h x 42w x 27d (cm)

Having lived and worked in the United Arab Emirates for more than ten years, Pilkington sees the country from an ambiguous position - neither an insider nor an outsider, but empathetic and respectful of the environment in which he has chosen to live, in his work he effectively places himself into the landscape of the UAE as he constructs scenes provoking questions of both personal and universal relevance. Whilst superficially it may seem as if Pilkington's adopted homeland serves merely as a backdrop for his thoughts, on closer inspection it becomes apparent that the environments in which he positions himself play an integral and essential role in the structure of the overall image and in defining the questions which he poses through these deliberately constructed scenarios.

It is this ability to work in and with the loal environment, whilst maintaining the integrity of his own creative stance, which makes Pilkington's work of particular interest to Tashkeel. Pilkington's images are depictions of a never-ending story of man's role within the ever-changing landscape. In the rapidly developing surroundings of Dubai, each of us must choose either to become a part of this transformation or to remain as observers of it. His work invokes the notion of how we are connected to and become part of our environment, but at the same time he presents a possible constructed reality. The circumstances are real, and yet the way the images are composed questions the validity of that reality.

Pilkington has had time to observe, reflect on and absorb the environment in which he finds himself and to incorporate these findings into a body of work reflective of this experience. The influence may not be immediately apparent, but rather it is a discovery that comes with interaction, revealing the hidden layers beneath the dust.

Artist Biography

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