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Question 11: Which artists or artistic styles have influenced you? How does this play out, in concrete terms?
The influence that we find in other artists is something that changes through time…but I believe that we stay with our great passions, throughout my life. When I was a student I really liked Dürer. I liked him for reasons I didn’t even comprehend. Today I still like Dürer, for reasons I understand better, this character and his work really fascinated me. From Dürer I also liked great classics like Leonardo de Vinci. What I like about Leonardo de Vinci is the mixture, the artist who is at the same time a scientist, who likes to build things, who likes doing other things. Then there are artists who left more of a mark, or that I look to as guides in my work, like the work of Marcel Duchamp. Marcel Duchamp is an artist who did not produce a lot of works and his works in my view are very genetic, in the sense that they are works that are inspiring and stimulating. He could have continued to create series similar to Nu descendant un escalier, I think that had a certain success. He could have produced in that style for 10 or 15 years. Instead he did a few pieces, and than he changed, he did something very different. So that’s the kind of artist that I would say whose work, even today, is genetic work, that nourishes and encourages creation in other artists. Marcel Duchamp is probably the artist that I liked the most, who has inspired me the most.