EPISODE 12: Mark Corfield-Moore We Speak Chicken

12 Apr-2 Jun 2024
PV 11 Apr 2024

Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art
London SE14 6AD


Mark Corfield-Moore (b. 1988, Bangkok) will create a major new body of work as part of Goldsmiths CCA’s Episodes series. Corfield-Moore is a painter whose practice holds hand woven textiles at its core. An understanding of fabrics as integral to nomadic objects is fundamental to his work. Investigating the historic use of textiles in the production of rugs and tents in his treatment of fabrics, and his practice at large is rooted in this sense of literal and symbolic transience. These ideas draw, in part, on the artist’s own mixed Thai and British heritage, a diasporic identity he consciously reflects upon and interrogates in his work.

Utilising a distinctive technique based on ikat, a process learned in northern Thailand, the artist eschews the traditional method of binding and dyeing by painting directly onto the warp threads – those stronger, coarser fibres stretched vertically on the loom and crossed horizontally by weft threads. Winding the threads on the loom further complicates and distorts the image, resulting in a unique glitchiness or what he calls a ‘fizzy heat’. The instability of the form reflects his interest in the nature of both personal memory and collective history, a meditation into our evolving relationship with the past. In the works, images of buildings and objects are positioned alongside evocative texts, to humorously and pointedly overlay recollections of moments, meals, and conversations with specific sites.