Born in Australia but raised in the Netherlands, over the past 57 years Tom de Munk-Kerkmeer has been continuously exposed to art and migration.
His mother is an artist and in her family art is part of everyday life. De Munk-Kerkmeer has travelled, lived and worked in many countries with people from different cultures and his creative journey reflects this eclectic mixture of experiences, meandering through painting, writing, puppet making, sculpture, performance, ritual, installation, gardening, sustainable architecture and design/fabrication.
His practice centres on matter and our relationship to it and his materials are often rescued from the refuse of humanity. In Australia de Munk-Kerkmeer studied at Central TAFE and Edith Cowan University.
His studio spills over onto the verge, West Northam’s own “Sculpture on the Verge.” Kids from the neighbourhood are known to drop by to do some art on the verge of the man-made desert.