‘I don’t wish to be anyone but myself’
What is your art practice?
Who influenced you work?
The Truth, people, who they are, how they have lived their lives, their contribution to the world.
Currently: Harold Pinter playwright, poet, activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, gave up playwriting to concentrate on political activism. The eight poems and one speech ‘War’ his unwavering view on the Iraq War [At the time these poems where banned from the media including the Guardian] provide a declaration for humanity. This slim volume of poetry is everything.
Patti Smith; singer, songwriter poet,author, artist, political activist.
Ken Loach; film director, political activist. Sarah Kane Playwright.
Richard Wentworth; sculptor. Peter Kennard; artist, activist and lecture at the Royal College Of Art. Robert Bression; Film Director.
Dada Movement; Dada was an art movement formed during the First World War in Zurich a reaction to the horrors and folly of the war. The art, poetry and performance produced by dada artists being anti-war, anti-bourgeois and politically radical left.
Marcel Duchamp, John Heartfield, Hannah Hock, Hugo Ball, Kurt Schwitters, Hans Harp.
Otto Dix , George Gross and their ruthless and harshly realistic depictions of Weinmar society and the brutality of war.
Monster Roster Group, in particular Leon Golub and his wife Nancy Spero who believed that an observable connection to the external world and to actual events was essential if a painting was to have any relevance to the viewer or society. This is a view that informed Golub’s and Sperio through out their carers.
Which artist do you admire and wish you could have been?
I don’t wish to be anyone but myself.
Is there a piece of work you wish you had never made and why?
No… I would have binned it.
If time and money were no object what would you make?
What would you change about the art school system and why, apart from the fees?
Abolish academic entry requirement.