MARK NIEHUS
ARTIST STATEMENT
I write quickly and instinctively, allowing an interplay between my subconscious and conscious mind until the narrative appears. Writing for me is a very visual experience resulting in vivid imagery which easily translates to film giving the poem another life beyond the page and provides another layer for me to guide the audience’s interpretation of the text.

I enjoy making the music for my films as it ties these two elements together, creating a mood that reflects the world in which the poem lives. My work often explores the human experience and the friction between ideals and feelings of incompatibility with the status quo.

I create for the joy, the need and relief it seems to give me and others. I have an intimate relationship with my art, I measure myself against it and I strive to narrow the space between me and it.
ARTIST BIO
After studying creative writing in London I published my first book of poems in 2008, How Do You Want the Fire to Leave You? Since then some of my key literary achievements include participating in the Emerging Writers Festival Melbourne; Format Zine fair as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival; Australian Poetry Cafe Poet Program; feature Author for Australian Reader; Spoken Word SA poet in residence at Adelaide City Library; feature Artist for Spoken SA poetry slam and have had work published in Rabbit Journal.

In addition, I have combined my poetry with a wide range of mediums including illustration, music, performance and mixed media, producing work for two solo and six group exhibitions, as well as delivering numerous Street Poetry performances as part of Splash Adelaide Waymouth Street Parties, Barossa Vintage Festival, the Adelaide Central Market and at Holden Street Theatre during the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

I have extended my poetry and visual art beyond the page, gallery and stage to the street, completing three funded public art projects that integrated my poetry and Street Art with a series of paste up murals in Adelaide City Council and two large painted Street Art Murals in the Prospect Memorial Gardens and Holden Street Theatre.

Most recently I have created innovative interactive projections which combine film and poetry fused together with an electronic soundscape transforming ordinary windows into captivating visual canvas and auditory experience. I am also currently developing a silent film projection for the East End Moving Images Program that will be projected in Rundle Street in early 2018.
From stints as both creative writing student and professional web designer in London, to Adelaide postal worker and published writer plus untold traveling along the way, my creative energy has been gathered from a wide geography. My work explores the mechanics of human behaviour through works that are conceived with instinct and invention to create a unique combination of poetry, street art and visual art.
I explore the way my subconscious creates unpredictable forms and how I interpret these in the moment of creative conception and apply them to themes of the alter-ego, the individual, love and beauty. My writing drives the form of my visual art practice resulting in artwork with an original literary lineage.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS
PUBLIC ART GRANT
City of Charles Sturt
'Outside Light' 2018
(Street Projection)

PUBLIC ART GRANT
City of Marion
'Thin White Space' 2018
(Street Projection)

COMMISSION
[Australian Network for Art and Technology]
'Rattle' 2018
(Projection)

PUBLIC ART GRANT
City of Adelaide - Splash Adelaide
'Shiver' 2018
(Interactive Projection)

PUBLIC ART GRANT
City of Adelaide - Splash Adelaide 2017
'Street Poetry Illuminations' 2017 (Interactive Projection)

COMMISSION
South Australian Living Arts Festival
The Animal & The Man 2017
(Street Art Mural)

WEST SIDE
PLACE MAKERS GRANT
City of Charles Sturt 2015

PUBLIC ART GRANT
City of Prospect 2015

PUBLIC ART GRANT
Adelaide City Council 2015

SPOKEN WORD SA
Adelaide City Library
Poet in Residence 2015

ADELAIDE FRINGE FESTIVAL
Objectwords 2015

AUSTRALIAN POETRY,
CAFE POET PROGRAM

Residency at Zed’z Cafe, Adelaide Central Markets. READ MORE

DOCUMENTARY
Streetfair Productions ‘The Busker Project’ documentary focusing on my busking poet residencey at Zedz Cafe at the Adelaide Central Market

UNILIFE MAGAZINE
Poetry published with an interview by Ilona Wallace from UniLife Magazine

PUBLISHED IN RABBIT JOURNAL
A recording of 'THE INDIVIDUAL' read to my original music published on a CD that accompanied Issue#7 of Rabbit Poetry Journal

THE INDIVIDUAL
SALA EXHIBITION

A solo exhibition of poetry intergrated with illustration.

INTERVIEW PUBLISHED
SA WRITERS NEWSLETTER

Interview by Ben Adams

FEATURE AUTHOR
AUSTRALIAN READER

Feature author in Australian Reader.

FORMAT+2%=BIG!
Adelaide, Mixed Media Installation

Format+2%=Big! A collaboration between the Format Collective and the 2% group consisting of over 50 artists.

EMERGING WRITERS FESTIVAL
Melbourne, Page Parlour

Participant in ‘Page Parlour’, a Zine Fair promoting independent publications’

MOMENTS VERSUS MOMENTUM
Rotterdam, the NetherlandsA collaboration with Dirk Vroeman from Rottadam, combining his photographs with my poetry

FRINGE FESTIVAL
Adelaide, Format

Participant of Zine Fair

PUBLICATION
Publication of my collection of poems, How Do You Want The Fire To Leave You?

SPRING ART EXHIBITION
Adelaide, Mixed Media Installation

I appered along with 100 established and emerging South Australian artists, from classical to contemporary, indigenous to sculpture

FRINGE FESTIVAL - INTENT
Adelaide, Mixed Media Installation

Queens Theatre Adelaide, Mixed Media Installation