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Question 8: How do you approach the creation of a new work? Do you have a specific method or way of initiating the process?

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Well each time I start out on a piece, I have an idea, but it never ends up being about the idea I started out with. But it doesn’t bother me. At first it bothered me a lot, if I had a sketch or an idea in mind and things worked out differently. I was worried: Perhaps I didn’t have any talent, perhaps I didn’t know how to work. But now I see it as life: you choose a path and suddenly other things come up and you branch off. Art is a lot like life: you start off with one idea but as time goes on you become distracted. Accidents happen, and I think we must be aware of them and recognise them. The major contributions to contemporary art, for instance with Pollock, they are accidents. You have to learn to recognise accidents. So my approach is very zen, very oriental. Like the Orientals would say, I go with the flow, so I follow the river’s current. It’s like a road or a river, it brings you somewhere else, but you must not resist. Resistance wastes a lot of energy. I feel you really have to be able to do anything, but with the flow.