Masks, skulls, butterflies and teen TV. The tapestries, flags, and other textile artworks of Klaas Rommelaere are assemblages of hundreds of images packed together. These images come from everywhere: daily life, the internet and the movies – Rommelaere has membership of his local cinema and you’ll find him in front of the wide screen the entire day if he’s not working.
Rommelaere’s oeuvre reminds us of traditional ethnic tapestries that are more likely to be found in the cabinet-filled corridors of a museum. He earns this description largely because of the myriad of colours and the medium: textile. Rommelaere graduated as a fashion student in the Belgian city of Ghent and did internships at Henrik Vibskov and Raf Simons. Yet the fashion business didn’t seem right for him.