It’s strange how, when you do art, looking at it complete maybe a couple of months or even years. It can take you back to that very moment you were creating it. I find artists mention this to me, and it’s true! I can sometimes remember what I was thinking, wearing, or listening to when I look at a particular area of my paintings.
I have carried this black and white pattern with me since my university days. It’s amazing I still have it, as I have moved around a lot since then. To think it’s probably twenty years old and lived in 30 odd homes. I remember one move I did, I was in a rush, possibly getting a lift and help from someone, and I just left a pile of art under the bed.
I couldn’t open the draw, and it was me either moving without it or breaking the draw open. I was struggling with anxiety at the time; anyway, this was a stupid move. I couldn’t afford to be fixing draws and just left it all! Crazy, thinking back now, as I’m sure I could have arranged to come back and get the stuff another time.
I needed a pattern; I could put into a photocopier to help keep the costs down. The pattern was for a plan I had thought up to cover an entire wall, table, chair and floor with the same design. It also needed to be a design that would work well when repeated.
The pattern came to me very quickly, as the dancing figure was something I drew all the time – almost like a ‘tag’. The rest of the artwork was inspired by Keith Harring, Gustav Klimpt and tribe African masks made in wood.
When in education, an artist was taught to create large bodies of artwork that were the same in style and subject. I can remember thinking. I shouldn’t be doing style as the animation-type figure was like the other work I had produced at college and school.
I think this was when I decided; I disagreed with that whole education process as it was more concerned with giving that person a career at the end, rather than actual learning, where you explore your thoughts and form opinions. I was very young at the time and perhaps a bit idealistic! I disagreed with what the art world was telling me. I promised myself I would experiment and evolve as an artist – always!