The work of Mark Manders seems to straddle the line between classical sculptures and architecture. Although there elements are heavily present throughout his ongoing series 'Self-Portrait as a Building,' which he began back in 1986, the common thread throughout happens to be poetry. Mark Manders happened to practice the linguistic form of poetry before putting all of his energy into this other form of art.
Born in Volkel, the Netherlands, and based in Ronse, Belgium, Mark Manders uses everything from furniture and metal to human and animal shapes for his mind-boggling sculptures. As written by Beautiful Decay, "In this way, he creates physical spaces that mirror his mental spaces. At once fragmented, balanced, poignant, and resonant with the ineffable, Manders’ work evokes a personal poetic sentiment that is meant to provoke the viewer."