2018 / Capitibus
The Capitibus (‘head’ in Latin) series starts with a polyester head, later replaced by a bronze head cast from the mould of a stuffed cow. The prototype of Holy Cow (2017). The polyester heads and the greenish bronze head are both numbered -both series- from 1 to 8 (indicated on the brass ear tags). The artist chose a more sober design for the unique black bronze head, cast in one piece. The animal heads originate from the same moulding technique Tom Herck applies to create realistic human busts….
2017 / Stiletto
Stiletto brings a new element to Herck’s cow symbolism as known from the exhibitions Holy Cow Project and Missing: gilded and bronze cow skulls. A tribute to the highly respected creature, treated by many cultures as a source of life, cow skulls were hung on walls and brought to sacred ceremonies. The Aztecs excelled in skull and bone design. Although it’s carved in our minds when we see a skull it recalls death, in many traditions it promises new beginning; resurrection. With cross-references to Christianity as well as his own playful symbolism his works Holy cow, Capitibus and Stiletto revive this ancient tradition….
2017 / The Bargain of Eden
For decades the Garden of Eden has been a fruitful theme in arts. The earthly Paradise and the fall of Adam and Eve as depicted by old masters like Michelangelo, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Hieronymus Bosch, Peter Paul Rubens, and Jan Brueghel the Elder immediately spring to mind. The nude Adam and Eve have been represented so often they turned into Warhol-like commodities. Yet even though these archetypes are so well-known, the themes contained in Genesis about the storied paradise where it all began can still capture the imagination of contemporary artists like Tamura de Lempicka, finding new echoes, meanings and insights in the theme. An iconic exhibition revisioning ‘Paradise in a fallen world’ was Back to Eden….