Tom Harrup graduated with an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 2010. He has continued his practice at Glasgow Sculpture Studios. He maintains an individual practice, but also collaborates with Deniz Üster on hybrid projects.
Time is a key element in the making of Tom's work; a material is subjected to a series of processes, and the repetition of that labour accumulates as a new form. The carved underground cities in the region of Cappadocia in Turkey have been a great influence, as has the post-industrial topography of Glasgow.
Consequently, tables, doors, radios or plastic sound systems are dismantled and re-organised, their innards inverted and revealed, or disjointed as solitary fragments. Alternatively, interior spaces are carved in card and plasterboard, built by stacking flat shapes, like contour lines on a map or the additive process of 3-D modeling; in this sense, for the work to continue Tom must always refer to what has gone before.