Tom Volkaert, °1989, Antwerp, Belgium
Volkaert combines his life as an artist with a job of art handler, the creation of his own work with the manipulation of existing works of art. This equation of activities – in the studio and in the gallery or museum – enables him to question the autonomous, sacred artwork and to develop a visual language focused on materiality.
Volkaert starts from a fascination with the sculptor’s craftsmanship and respect for his material and tools. However, he doesn’t use them in a traditional way, but he investigates the properties of his tools and pushes, sands, files and bakes until they leave their familiar surroundings. This results in amorphous forms in cement, clay and plaster, finished with metal, silicone and pigment. Supporting elements such as the pedestal, handles and suspension systems form an integral part of the sculpture. The art handler and the artist work together. (Louise Osieka)