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Question 7: Did you develop a personal technique in the use of these media? If so, how would you describe it?


Well I found it a considerable challenge, because my work is at the crossroads of painting and photography. It was a dilemma to determine how I would manipulate the two together, how I would bring the two together without making it obvious that it was a photograph with paint over it. So I worked awhile to try to find a solution to that problem. In my view, a photograph is something that’s happening in front of me for the camera, while painting is not the same at all. When I combine both of them, I can paint the skies, I can paint the oceans. But what was important to me was to put those two things together and get a third thing, an art object. So I think I was able to do that, by taking photographs, pasting them onto canvases and using thick paint so as to erase the edges of the photograph, and to manipulate it in such a way that when the photos are integrated it becomes a single work. I think that is my technique, it’s the one I like to work with. I believe I’ve been successful to a point because sometimes I’ll look at one of my pieces and I forget. So I tell myself: It’s when I forget that the piece stops being a photograph with paint on it, the sky is not simply paint, there’s a certain depth to it. I’ve started to be able to fool myself. So I thought perhaps that I was doing things that were quite original, I figured. And when I can even forget the technique, I’m able to get immersed in the work. And I hope that this also happens to my audience when they look at my work. For some of my works, I started placing them on canvas so that enabled me to become a little more aggressive. I could add things. Like a horse that I cut out of wood, I added that to the canvas. I also use vinyl tablecloths a lot, so I could just paste them directly onto the canvas. I can put other wooden things, so I can even screw some pieces together, put in hinges. Now you can open it up. I could make them a lot bigger, make huge pieces. I’ve only been doing this for a few years. It was one of my breakthroughs, because I found that I could bring in the third dimension. One of my pieces is made up of canvases that I shaped like a chair, so that when you open it up it becomes three-dimensional. I find it quite frustrating to work in photography because it’s something quite mechanical, that comes to an end when the photograph is taken. I wanted to give it my personal touch, which at the beginning was through painting. But then I started to add something else and something else again, and now it’s starting to open up. I’ve even made pieces with sound, so you can just press a button and hear a voice. I always try to push the envelope to try and keep up my own interest, and to reach out into other areas. I’m now starting to work a bit with moving images, with film a bit. So things are beginning to move and I like it a lot. In photography you’re dealing only with the moment. And I’ve been doing photography for so long now that if I can go a little farther, I find that very interesting.