Six questions for
Tom Callemin

Tique | art paper asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Tom Callemin.

Artist Tom Callemin
Lives in Ghent

How do you describe your own art practice?

I use photography to create fictional landscapes and situations in my studio. Over the course of several weeks, I sketch and build these scenes until I achieve the desired composition for one single image. My work explores perception and the construction of meaning in the visual world. I am particularly fascinated by the contrast between the roles we play in life and the underlying reality that exists beneath the surface.

What was your first experience with art?

Making a clay figure of a horse at the sculptor studio of my neighbour’s.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

People who create a fictional narrative for themselves. To find out the underlying necessity for these stories/images/lives.

What do you need in order to create your work?

A quiet studio and daily walks.

What are you working on at the moment?

My upcoming solo show at my gallery tegenboschvanvreden and my ongoing research in arts at School of arts Ghent.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

For a couple of years now, I have been completely fixated on Vija Celmins’ work, particularly her seascapes have stayed with me incessantly.

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