I spoke to the lovely folk at Who’s Jack recently about my working process. These are the words i uttered.
My production process requires an enormous amount of procrastination and several strong mugs of tea. Once this ritual has all taken place I tend to work extremely quickly. I find if I don’t work rapidly I lose belief in the quality of some of my ideas if they are not made tangible within moments of being conceived.
This is why I’m in with love typewriters, silkscreen printing and letter stamps. I’m a big fan of instant gratification; I’m not into this whole taking months to produce one painting. I think this may be because I have a constant stream of ideas flowing and I have an urgency to make them exist. I have sketchbook after sketchbook full of ideas, I hopeful one day they will all exist. Perhaps when I’m dead someone will want to make them on my behalf. I like the idea I’ll be leaving blueprints of mind and thoughts behind. I’ve never allowed myself the time to learn how to draw properly, so the majority of my sketchbooks are loaded with a few poor doodles, ‘trademark’ face after face & piles of notes. One-liners, limericks, poems, rhymes and most importantly advertising text.
Text has been a tediously repetitive theme throughout my work for several years now, but I can’t stop. I’m totally addicted to words. I enjoy the convulsive response text has upon a literate English speaking person. I find much of the art I see produces little to no response in me; you can’t help but read a word though. I think I also use text because I see text everywhere and on everything so I have a hugely regular font of inspiration to work out of. I’ve never allowed myself the time to learn how to draw properly, so the majority of my sketchbooks are loaded with a few poor doodles, ‘trademark’ face after face & piles of notes. One-liners, limericks, poems, rhymes. I love the vocal dance you can manufacture.
I see my work as kind of diary of my existence; I make work out of things- and about things- that surround me. I want my work to exist and to exist for a very long time which is why I choose to use text, you have to work within the current culture’s acceptance, its understanding, concerns and ultimately its vocabulary. ???