After Tom Seerden left the Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem in 1984, he started working as a sculptor. While sculpting, Seerden uses various materials to shape his impressions of landscapes. Important in Tom Seerden’s work are the basic details of sculpture: mass, space and material, as well as tension and movement. His goal is not only to create a “beautiful” image, but also an image with expressiveness. In his series of bronze landscapes on old beams and granite monoliths, memories of journeys and vacations are central.
The stone, often granite, slate, marble or quartzite, determines a very large part of the image to be made. “I first look at the lines and shapes in the stone and investigate what I find most suitable to add to it. Will it be a castle? or a village? or a monastery? The stone determines the subject and the design. This is how I begin. A village or building is therefore never a copy of reality, otherwise it becomes a model.”