What was the inspiration behind the piece(s) in not just a shop?
I was thinking about the idea of an irrepressible expansion countered by an equally powerful and opposing constraining force. I suppose this connected with the idea of a firecracker in the sense of its one intense and unique moment of expression sandwiched between two relatively inert states – before and after the explosion.
Who has influenced your work the most?
For several years I’ve been influenced by Alberto Giacometti and Frank Auerbach, primarily because they worked/work from life. I’m now looking at a much more diverse set of artists, including Christopher Wool, David Ostrowski, Roni Horn, Julie Meheretu and Albert Oehlen, which makes for a rather strange cocktail.