Your approach towards objects, matters, and materials, whether they are the ones you depict in your paintings or your craft approach towards rendering them, is quite special. Can you tell us about how you approach objects, matters, and materials?
An important thing for me is for me to be receptive to the material — to what’s actually in front of me instead of imposing my will. Sometimes these are things I encounter that move me and I want to experience them in my body and in my hands, and painting allows me to do that. Other times the things fascinate me as indications of human activity and the very human meanings, habits, and projections that can determine how they are received. I’m not sure those two are even separable but wherever it comes from, once I start drawing I try my best to rid my head of ideas and just follow the paint.
The late painter, Wolf Kahn, talks about how it is extremely difficult to listen to yourself when you are painting — most of the time you probably have other’s voices in mind. And when you are finally listening to yourself you are actually listening to the paint.