04 May 2020
Featured in Deptford X: 2015
What are you reading at the moment?
I am in a more poetic mood at the moment so am revisiting the works of Allen Ginsberg, poetry seems to fit in easier, when you are trying to decipher the ideas hurtling around inside your head.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I tend to paint in concentrated blocks, once I have managed to allow myself the nerve to attempt what I am currently trying to make real. The rest of life, bills, shopping, feeding myself, will happen around the important business of painting as it must. I have a sketchpad in reach at all times to try out fresh ideas, too many to currently attempt but at least they are waiting there till the time is right.
Describe your studio/workspace
My studio is also my flat. I used a second bedroom to store the many things in there and paint wherever I find a suitable space. it may not be as spacious as a standard studio, but I can work whenever I want to. So it works pretty well for me.
Where do your best ideas come from?
I can get ideas when I am wandering around, when I am sat drinking coffee somewhere, when I am just about to go to sleep. Everything and anything can spark off the slightest glimmer of something that could grow far larger.There is no obvious origin to our creations, and that is what makes the process interesting.
If Tate called you tomorrow and invited you to make work for the Turbine Hall, what would it be?
I would love to reimagine my painted and drawn works at scales I cannot presently attempt. Constructed, Sculpted, Cast, projected, animated, painted and drawn onto the walls, the freedom to reimagine such a space, a challenge that cannot seem real unless you were directly faced with it.
What is helping you the most during this time?
Finding things to occupy my time, whether it be painting or drawing, writing or reading, even tidying up if I am feeling desperate. Anything where I can feel I have achieved something or gained knowledge I did not previously possess. The mere fact that there will be be something that follows our current predicament, probably different but better than what we are existing through now. Anything you can create or learn now, can find a purpose and a role in your life when better times return.