Mark Ford is a mixed media artist and teacher living in Portland, Maine. He began making artist's books in 2005, bringing to the medium a background in both photography and graphic design. His materials come largely from the beach, the street or the recycle bin (with a particular interest in repurposed packaging and discarded photo albums), and his process is improvisational and rather wet (e.g., washed up from the sea, left out in the rain, dissolved and disassembled). His work embodies a struggle born of an intimate engagement with materials, chosen for their symbolic resonance, and a psychic attempt to manifest that struggle in symbolic form. In 2015, he attended an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center. He currently teaches humanities and photography at an expeditionary learning school in Portland.