Interviewer: His artwork is a form of meditation, a daily practice that helps ground him and prepare him for his day.
I think of it all as notes. There were years when I would do a self-portrait every morning. I have hundreds of them. It was just a way to start the day with a kind of device to wake up… [Interviewer: His self-portraits never depict him as happy.] Well, who is? Is this unique to me?… I was able to speak to myself in a very frank sort of way. I would do it while I brewed my coffee. I would set up this little wood Wacom tablet, and a mirror, a little mirror, and I’d just do a very quick sketch and then, what that sketch suggested, I would write something. [My drawing is] transcendent decoration. If it has any value at all, it’s because it’s harmless and doesn’t invite any deep intellection. I have always loved things, just things in the world. I love trying to find the shape of things. [Interviewer: And the nude women?] I would just see a beautiful woman photographed in a pornographic magazine. I would see a figure in Playboy or something like that, and I’d just take the form. I rescue her. I put her back in the twelfth century, where she belongs. You know, I couldn’t get anyone to undress.
From He Has Tried in His Way to Be Free by Sarah Hampson (Lion’s Roar: Nov 1, 2007). Photo by Lorca Cohen.