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Question 19: Which of your pieces are you most satisfied with, and why is that so?
As far as that is concerned, I’d have to look at my entire stuff. I don’t know if that could be done. I not only like my own pieces but all those I will look at and see. Those that are closest to my heart or those that affect me the most are the ones that show two important features and those two features are the mysterious aspect and the authoritative aspect. So I don’t want to know everything, I don’t want the piece to tell me everything, it’s not like a bottle of pills that tells you to take two in the morning and two in the afternoon and two at night. Once you know those details, you can’t go any further with it. You know what the bottle of pills is and you can leave it aside, no need to deal with that. I would like for a piece to be able to give me something on the spot, when I first see it, and also to bring me something different tomorrow, next week, next year, in 50 years if I’m still around, I won’t be, but let’s say… I’m not only talking about myself but also about people that will come afterwards. On the mystery side, it must not reveal everything from the start. It has to appeal to our visual senses only. Authority is to say this object exists and we can’t get away without it being there. So it has an authority from the fact that it occupies a space in time. We must pay some attention to it, seriously or not. We can do things lightly or be determined and very serious towards the object, but even then, we must be aware of the authority of the object before us. It’s a bit like respect, it’s almost putting ourselves down as human beings and forgetting for a second that we’re the centre of the universe, and to realize that objects can capture ideas, feelings, what is essential about the person who made the object, what that person was, or what that person meant to say. So it’s sort of bringing ourselves to that frame of mind. But it can go the other way, for sure. Some will say that art is the fine line between us and heaven, maybe a more spiritual side or a more mystical side of the solution, of the equation. So I am a believer in that. The idea of hierarchy pops upagain, but I say: there will always be good artists, some not so good ones and some worse ones. The best, the worst, all of that – that’s how we live because we live in a world where we have to… We’re consumers; so we have to come up with an objective judgement on the products that we want or the products we buy. And we often tend to deal with art that same way, and I find that that’s not it. It’s at a higher level maybe. You have to open your mind and focus on the mystery and the authority of a true piece of art, that’s what really determines as far as I’m concerned what is true art and what is not true. The idea of truth is based on that.