Kennismaken

Sam ten Thij
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What is your specialty, what makes your work unique? Or place your artist's statement.

The free flow of information has accelerated human culture to unimaginable heights. At first, we were carving in clay until the symbols formed into comprehensible thoughts. Then we moved on to pressing those thoughts with ink onto paper on an industrial level. And now we compressed those images into JPG’s and share them with our friends.

Every cultural artifact is digitally accessible; nothing has gone to waste. Every word uttered, every thought produced or exhumed, every picture was taken or every sculpture carved out of rock, exists in a vast sea of everything. And when we engulf ourselves in this ocean, we breathe in a temporal space; where every age can be experienced all at once. Suddenly we live neo-classicism, and a little while later we’re back in the future. Then we are contemplating fascism, preparing a revolution, and later settle down comfortably in front of our tv.

From this temporal space, I take my rocks and carve out my sculptures. This digital debris I mix and match together to form a true product of the world, molded from its scraps.

What are your ambitions? What do you want to be in five years?

In five years I will hopefully be able to sustain myself with my labor.

What is the most important thing you have learned during your studies?

The most important thing I've learned from my studies is to stay true to yourself and your own fascinations.

List of publications / exhibitions / prices / concerts / shows etc.

2020: The road to school, Bredaphoto
2020: In between states of matter, Landskrona art festival
2021: De dalende stad, De internet gids
2021: Unearth, IFFR