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Question 12: Are there any noteworthy events that influenced your career?
I’d like to think it’s a bunch of things put together. There’s not really any one thing that sticks out. I like to see things as a whole and to say that everything has a function, a part to play, everything has some degree of importance. Often enough, it can be some ordinary thing, or something people really wouldn’t pay attention to, but it can be really, really important. For instance, with technique. Lately someone said to me: What’s this, what’s this you’re doing, all of that stuff? And then I realized that he was giving importance to this unimportant thing: it was a shiny surface, not matte, but semi-glossy. It’s like you go out to buy some paint to fix your living room and then you say: Well glossy, that absolutely won’t work and semi-gloss that’s absolutely what we want. It’s somewhat like telling the difference between Pepsi and Coke. Is there really a difference? Of course there is one, but how important is that really? So I won’t emphasize and say: Ah well, you know, something happened to me, something happened in the world at that given time, so that there was a dramatic change in the way I see things. That has always remained constant as far as I’m concerned, and I am under the impression that it will be that way until the day I die. Say that something, like a major disease or something, was to happen to me. Maybe, then, I’d see things differently. But let’s say that consistency and stability have always been, I’ve always had the privilege to have those. I’m not the type to enjoy surprises or drama in my life. On the other hand, I’m not bothered to see that stuff happen elsewhere you know, to see people going through that stuff. It could be an inspiration, perhaps, or something that helps me put my thoughts together about the art piece.