A conversation between the Sammlung Goetz and the artist about daily motivation and inspiration
I am able to travel more within the UK and have studio visits and meetings. It’s starting to get easier to plan projects for the coming years. I am now able to work with assistants and photographers again without so many precautions.
The challenge is to keep connected with people who you haven’t been able to physically meet, and to stay focused on projects which have been postponed. I’ve been working on a book, a monograph of my work, which has given me time to revaluate and reflect. I’ve been communicating with the writers and designer online, the challenge is that you can’t just sit down together and go through the material, but the positive aspect is that you have more time to edit, and review the material.
Music has always been a very important inspiration for me, now more than ever I need music. I listen to a very wide variety of genres from classical to punk and everything in between, the key is that it challenges and surprises me.
I also find inspiration in my library, discovering works by artists I haven’t considered before and having time to read more philosophy, currently Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory and Merleau-Ponty’s late work.
I’ve also gained inspiration by introducing more colour relationships into my painting, exploring how colour can signify psychological and emotional states as well as its analogical relationship with music.