+ With Pastel you don't have the brush between
you and the surface. Your hand is making the picture.
It's almost like being a sculptor. You are making
the person. It?s very tactile. And lovely because
it's very difficult, learning what colours to
use together to make shadows and so on? it's wonderful
to do, to rub your hand over.
+ Every change is a form of liberation. My mother
used to say a change is always good even if it's
for the worse.
+ I was very scared and a bit daunted! But to
find one's way anywhere one has to find one's
door, just like, Alice; you see. You take too
much of one thing and you get too big, then you
take too much of another and you get too small.
You've got to find your own way into things..
+ Even at art school they (the illustrations from
Dante's inferno) could still send shivers through
me. I've never understood why "illustration"
is used dismissively in the art world.
+ When a child does a drawing and calls it "Mummy",
for the child that IS Mummy. To us it looks like
a stick, a round ball, but to the child that really
is Mummy. It is the same with me.
+ I've needed an impulse from within, a lot of
emotional energy to do this stuff, and a kind
of desire. It's a very aggressive thing... It's
not an aggression like you're hitting it; it's
a sensual aggression, if you like.
+ My favorite themes are power games and hierarchies.
I awlays want to turn things on their heads, to
upset the established order, to change heroines
and idiots. If the story is "given"
I take liberties with it to make it conform to
my own experiences, and to be outrageous.