India Mark's paintings have the subtlety of intimate portraiture. For Domestica the paintings represent archetypes rather than individuals, an approach that frees the artist to explore psychological and physical qualities without needing to respond to the desires of the sitter. The works are liberated from direct portraiture through her understanding of 17th Century Dutch tronie or "character head" painting. Guided by this, Mark's characters are constructed from life drawing and sourced imagery, the soft neutrality of the palette allowing her subjects to flicker with associations. Her works fuse together aesthetics from past and present. Gaze overrides narrative, leaving us free to look for subtle differences in expression.
India Mark was a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2016 with her first painting submission – a portrait of musician Dane Taylor. She was awarded the Foundation for Visual Arts Scholarship from the ANU School of Art and is continuing with a Master of Fine Arts and the National Art School. Two of her works are included in the archival collection of the National Art School.