Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure? I exaggerated the seriousness of my practice, and bought the myth of the suffering artist. I was able to step back and formulate a more agile approach, a lighter touch which does not preclude the possibility of seriousness.
Would you rather be liked or respected? Both, please.
What is the last book you read? 'The Brain that Changes Itself' by Norman Doidge.
If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be? 'Who'd Have Thought?'
What makes you angry? Our lack of civility.
What was the biggest risk you ever took and what did you learn from it?
Early on I struggled to sell work, so I made an exhibition which was unsellable. It was tremendously liberating, and had a paradoxical effect on my career.
What’s your most significant project? Tell me about it. What did you get/reach? How? Soon after my father died, I produced a show called 'Season', which explored how I was drawn into a more intimate relationship with natural phenomena during this time. My gallery didn't quite get it; sales were poor. Ultimately I was liberated from what was a dysfunctional relationship with them and I took the opportunity to re-examine my approach.
If you were a brand, what would your motto be?A little je ne sais quoi and a bunch of What the F*#@!