Fantasy Totems

At The Ode To we are always curious to learn more about creativity and artistry, so we asked Serge Game to tell us a little bit about his life, his art and his sources of inspiration.


What do you call your series of artworks?

– All works are part of the ongoing series ‘Household Totems’ which aims to give people an opportunity to surround themselves in their everyday life with fantastical objects of modest dimensions. A bit like talismans from another world that could help us temporarily escape ours.

What technique have you used?

– I used soft foam, glue, string, resin, and pigments.

What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?

– In my work, I refer to medieval reliquaries and hermetic architecture, allusions to bondage, anthropomorph and zoomorph features and Janus masks. These are all aspects that make up the visual language which is at the base of my sculptures. A language that seems to keep shifting between figuration and abstraction, making it hard to pin the works down.

Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?

– I grew up in the southern part of the Netherlands where I also received my education as an artist. During my time at art school in the city of Den Bosch, I specialized in painting. So naturally, I started out my career as a painter. Under the influence of the things I would paint and draw I began to develop an interest in sculpture, and wondered how these things would look outside of a painting. I developed a technique to create sculptures that enabled me to go about them as if I were drawing; with a similar speed and accuracy. Since then, I’ve been practicing painting and sculpture which are both firmly rooted in my work on paper.

How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?

– All Things Fantasmagorical.

What we love about SERGE GAME:

Serge Game, a visionary artist based in Rotterdam, invites us into a realm of fantastical objects. His sculptures, crafted with soft foam, glue, string, resin, and pigments, blur the lines between medieval inspirations and contemporary abstraction. The shifting visual language creates a mesmerizing dance between the figurative and the abstract, offering a unique escape through talismanic art.