I am forever fascinated by the power of myth. I’m interested in myth as an unproved or false collective belief often used to justify a social norm. Through language‚ images and ideas‚ I explore myth’s influence on conscious and unconscious behaviors‚ attitudes and desires. Masculinity‚ romance‚ “the artist” and “the American Dream‚” including: home ownership‚ marriage‚ escapism‚ celebrity and self-reliance‚ are areas I investigate to reveal the effects and consequences of mythical thinking.
Mark Daybell is a visual artist working and living in Los Angeles‚ California. He graduated from California State University‚ Fullerton with an MFA in Creative Photography. Some of his faculty advisors include: Eileen Cowin‚ Darryl Curran‚ Mark Alice Durant‚ Todd Gray‚ Joseph Santarromana and Kim Abeles. He is currently Department Chair of the Graphic and Multimedia Design Department at College of the Canyons in Valencia‚ California.
Mark Daybell’s works have been exhibited at: Trunk Gallery‚ 33 Contemporary Gallery‚ Black Dragon Society‚ Orange County Center for Contemporary Arts‚ “Cine-Nites” Blue Studio‚ Grand Central Art Center‚ Fine Arts Gallery: California State University Los Angeles‚ University Union Gallery: California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo‚ Fine Arts Gallery: Orange Coast College‚ Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center and more.