Thomas Scerri is a multimedia artist who likes to explore different subjects…
When and how did you get started?
I was brought up in an artistic background – my father Paul is also an artist. I therefore showed interest in the field from a very young age. I pursued art in secondary school, until ultimately, I had the difficult decision to make of either continuing my studies in art or following my other interest in engineering. I chose the latter but eventually, I returned to art and completed a BFA in Digital Arts.
What genre do you consider your work to be?
I don’t think I can classify my work under one genre as I tend to work with different media including metal, acrylics, photography and film. However, the themes I tackle are quite consistent, usually revolving around consciousness and existentialism.
Describe your work in 10 words or less.
A visualisation of my hazy and dispersed thoughts.
Where was your first exhibition held?
VGB Art Valletta in 2016.
Do you have a favourite from among your own artworks? If so, why?
It is always the latest piece that I consider a favourite until I move on to something better.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on a project that references texts by (Cyprus-born Australian performance artist) Stelarc and exploring the dichotomy of the organic and the technological, while experimenting with the concept of ‘Cyborgs’ and organic machines.
Which artist’s work are you most inspired by?
It is quite difficult to pinpoint a particular influence since I am constantly being influenced by other contemporary artists and this also depends on what I would be working on at the time. Unwittingly however, my father remains a significant influence.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I would probably spend my time restoring cars.
What is the epitome of happiness for you?
Being undisturbed in my own world, free from the boundaries of society.
What do you love about Malta?
Definitely the sea and the short distances – in the morning you can have pastizzi at Serkin, go for a swim at Riviera, and have a glass of wine in Valletta at night.
What do you hate about Malta?
Chaos, greed and construction.
Favourite colour and what it means to you?
Yellow; however, it has no significance.
What is your favourite indulgence?
Art itself. Ultimately, even though art doesn’t pay, it is what keeps me motivated. I cannot picture myself not creating anything.