Interview: Tatum Kempers

Interview: Tatum KempersImage courtesy of Tatum Kempers

Interview: Tatum Kempers

Luca Curci talks with Tatum Kempers during LIQUID ROOMS – THE LABYRINTH 2017, in Venice.

Tatum Kempers is a Dutch artist based in Silvolde The Netherlands. She graduated at the school for photography (Breda, Netherlands) in 2014. She is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the field of experimental photography. She also creates video’s for bands and art-installations. For her photography-work she works fairly solitary and does not always have a model available. So she started to take self-portraits and this became a way to express herself. She uses digital techniques, as well as paint and different light sources to create the effects and ideas she has in mind. Long exposure photography is one of these techniques that fascinates her since she started practicing photography. She wants to create a new image that goes beyond a normal portrait.

 

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Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?

Tatum Kempers – All things in my daily life influence my work. In Venice during LIQUID ROOMS-THE LABYRINTH exhibition I showed an artwork from the series If not here, then where? It is about the different roles we play in life. I see it more and more around me. Our commitment to the world is increasing. People are getting more busy. In this series of self-portraits, I show how I lose myself in all the different roles I have to play and how I am trying to keep up with what I feel society wants from me. Can we keep up with all the demands of modern life or are we getting more estranged from ourselves? Can we be who we are, and who am I with all the roles I have in life? Where and who are we when we are in the digital world? We can be at two places at one time and play multiple roles. We must grow and develop ourselves. We have to keep up with the fast-paced society, know everything and have an opinion about every subject. Can we still be in the moment or are we always somewhere else? Where are we when we are not in the moment? If not here, then where?

 

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LC – What art themes do you pursue? What are your preferred subjects?

TK – The process of photography for me, is like a diary. My autobiographical pieces explore my inner conflicts. I start working and let the process evolve. I experience, test and try, guided by my feelings and emotions. I am by nature an enthusiastic but shy person and not keen on being in the spotlight. Through my work as a social worker I became fascinated by how people see each other and how quickly we judge. With my pictures I try to look at myself in a different way and express how I feel about myself and about how others might look at me. I try to push my boundaries. There is more than meets the eye.

 

LC- What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?

TK – Starting a new project. At the beginning of every project I feel insecure, I am not sure if I am able to create what I have in mind. I love coincidence in my work. This makes it uncertain what the results will be and I have to work for a long time to get the desired result. This is a difficult but also fun part of the creative process.

 

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LC – What are you currently working on?

TK – Together with my husband, Rick Kup (www.rickkup.nl), I create Mixed-media installations. Our latest project is called In Limbo. This is a installation with 3 video projections, artworks and sculptures. It is based on our concern for the future of humanity and the earth. We usually are part of the installation ourselves. It is so much fun to work together. Through our cooperation we bring out the best in each other.

 

LC – What role does the artist have in society? And the art?

TK – It depends on what the artist wants to say with his or her artwork. I think that an artist should incite thinking. Ask questions, make you think about yourself and so will start to ask questions as well. Artist play an important role in society. An artist can challenge people to take on a different view of themselves and the world. Without them, no innovation takes place. For me it is a necessity to be able to express myself, it gives me creative freedom.

 

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LC – What’s the art tip you usually receive? Do visitors’ suggestions enrich yourself and your art?

TK – I like to receive feedback and listen carefully to what the people around me say about my work. But I will stay with my own view and will not adapt my work to the wishes of someone else. That is also why I do not make commercial art. I create what I want, but I take the feedback very seriously and try to learn from it. The most common tip I get from people is that I have to step outside more with my work and show it to a wider audience. I hope that through initiatives like It’s Liquid I one day can reach a bigger stage.

 

LC – What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?

TK – It is great. I think it is an interesting concept to mix different kinds of art. Other artist are a constant inspiration to me.

 

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LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?

TK – Sure they can. ITSLIQUID gives a great opportunity to every person around the world who is interested in showing their work. I would love to have more of my work shown by its liquid all around the world.

 

LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?

TK – The team of itsliquid is very nice and helpfull. I really appreciate it that my work is shown in Venice in a beautiful Palazzo. Thank you.

 

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