Would you rather be liked or respected? It depends on my mood.
What is the last book you read? Jonathan Franzen, Purity.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? Seizure: imparting the instant life.
What makes you angry? Carelessness.
What was the biggest risk you ever took and what did you learn from it?
Deciding to write a PhD thesis as a full-length amalgam of both analytic and continental philosophy, with no prior training in either. Sure, one can push the boundaries of what’s possible, but is it always necessary?
What’s your most significant project? It’s a life-long project: after being shot and left paralysed, I am attempting to create a worthwhile practice of living that produces meaning. My painting is deeply intertwined with this aim because it develops my perception of pain and pleasure. These senses reign over our deepest motivations, and bringing them to conscious awareness can offer the self (and viewer) the potential for mastering the complex relationship between desire and repulsion. Mastery can give purpose.
If you were a brand, what would your motto be? Whose tail you waggin’?
Jessica Webster's exhibition, Wisteria, is at the Goodman Gallery in Cape Town until 24th May 2017. goodman-gallery.com