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Question 11: Which artists or artistic styles have influenced you? How does this play out, in concrete terms?
Yes. Among others, some of the artists or artistic styles that interest me are German Expressionism, I really like the work of Otto Dix, the way his characters are somewhat rubbery, are stretched. I like that. It doesn’t really transfer to my work but it is work that I appreciate a great deal, but also mostly, something more recent, Dave Cooper of Ottawa. It’s much more cartoon-like, women with big teeth. It’s very sexual, a little violent too, but it really appeals to me. A little of, you know, Mark Ryden. These are the kinds of works that are referred to as “mid-brow.” They don’t necessarily fall within the current trends of today’s contemporary art.