Big Mark

Big Mark
Artist Louise Thrush Title Big Mark

Artist Statement

‚ÄčMark Jeffery was once described as ‘a good man when well fed, but desperate when raw’.

He was a convict constantly in trouble. His violent anger was often triggered by his outrage at lack of food.

He spent his latter life in Launceston, where he dictated his rather subjective autobiography- A Burglars life.

He is an interesting part of our local history and his story is worth our notice.

I’d like to redraw this work at about 2 metres in height in permanent marker, so Big Mark looms over passers by. By enlarging the scale, the piece will no longer be just a sketch - it can become a much more powerful symbol of our past.