Born 1961 New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
Mark Dion conducts large-scale projects in which he questions the role of specialists—from archeologists to ethnologists, from historians to art curators. He questions the classification systems placed on objects by professionals and institutions and invites viewers of his work to be an active audience.
His approach emphasizes illustration and accuracy but is charged with a biting undertone. Dion has a longstanding interest in exploring how ideas about natural history are visualized and how they circulate in society.