I get a lot of my influences from everyday objects surrounding me, recurring or vivid dreams, experiences and memories from the past, my small obsessions of the moment. Traveling and nature has a profound effect on my need to recreate and understand what I see.
The many fruits and vegetables I see passing by, thanks to my girlfriend’s very tasty fascination for food, are surely an inspiration for colour and form. This has led to an ongoing series of still lifes. A classic theme in painting which has a no nonsense approach that appeals to me but at the same time also has a very rich history and legacy that makes me feel humble. It is a way for me to play, within different predefined sets of rules and bounderies with color, form and light. The human figure and its recognizable shape and lines are used in the same way, only with an added rule: function.
In general, I work as much as possible straight from my memory, since I want it to be my main advisery. I make prelimenary sketches and try not to look too much to added images. That way I am getting as close as possible to a stilled version of an initial impression or memory that constantly gets intertwined with the thoughts of the moment.
I like to create small scenes filled with figures. These take different forms and are in a constant search for balance. Communicating within themselves, with others and with their surroundings. Often they are floating, levitating and flying, lifting off into the air. Other times they are subjected to a fierce gravitational force, falling down or leaning against each other only to eventually stretch into a fading reality, an alternative memory.
Michaël De Clercq
– Antwerp, Belgium –