Category for art work by Mark Rafter that is discussed in a blog post and doesnt have its own category

Icarus: Rising, Falling

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I wanted to create a masculine complement to the feminine Madam Butterfly series, something consistent with the Spirits of Transformation archetype that influences my art. As you may know, Icarus and his father Daedalus attempted to escape…

Ghostyheads

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Or as my dear friend Jan Viramontes calls them, Cows. I became interested in petroglyphs 15 years ago or more.  Around the same time I discovered Joseph Campbell, someone who has had increasing influence on me over the years. Campbell made…

Heart Paintings

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I dont know what I dont know: what I DO know, is that the quantity of what I dont know is a lot. So, let's eliminate a variable, the 'WHAT am I going to paint' variable. Eggs, Sunny Side Up This is why I started out my painting career…

Metal Flowers

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This was my first series of metal art (work).  Learning to use the plasma cutter, welder, oxyacetylene torch … and acrylic paint and texture paste (I have lot of fun with paint).  To be honest, this was low hanging fruit, allowing…

Hot Patina Heart Art

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This is another of those "let's see if I can make it/do better" projects. I saw a large metal heart for sale in a gallery in Sedona, AZ that was so basic it was borderline annoying that someone was selling it. Probably 30" square with some…

My Crucible

This piece isn't a 'real' crucible any more than Arthur Miller's play The Crucible was really about the Salem Witch Trials.  But it is one of the pieces I made at The Crucible in Oakland.  And yeah, it kind of is a crucible. We'll get to…
Clyde, The Fish by Mark Rafter

Clyde, The Fish

In late 2016 I attended a Welding Immersion workshop a The Crucible in Oakland. Five days of 10am to 10pm instruction and work time and access to one of the most complete metal working shops imaginable. They also bring in lunch and dinner so…

Garden Weave

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This piece is another of those things that just popped into my head and then became something "I had to make." That is literally the case in a number of my pieces; they are never intended as a series wherein I will make some quantity, varying…

"No Time For Flowers, Man"

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Another of my concept pieces. I'd say High Concept but that just sounds ... stupid. I'm fading away from my engineering career and starting up as an artist. This piece was emblematic of my years wanting to do that very thing and not being able…