Mark Palmen creates experiential, elaborate artworks including holographic light installations, large scale sculptures and hand-sewn creations. His visual works are influenced by diverse interests ranging from art history and fashion to metaphysical investigations. His intimately sized embroideries explore expansive musings on themes of the cosmos and intergalactic communication. Palmen earned his his BFA at The School of the Art Institute (Chicago, IL) and his MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR). Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood was a significant influence and mentor, and he worked in the fashion industry for years before returning to his art practice.