I do not pose my sitters. I do not deliberate and then concoct... Before painting, when I talk to the person, they unconsciously assume their most characteristic pose, which in a way involves all their character and social standing - what the world has done to them and their retaliation.
I had some money; I made the best paintings ever,' I was completely reclusive, worked a lot, took a lot of drugs. I was awful to people.
I thought about the way that I love, and that it’s impossible, that I pour love into people and things passionately and never expect it to be returned. It’s just me who gives, that is how my life is now.
I am interested in signs not as static but as moving, as things that start with something that has already been discarded.
You asked me about presence, about emotional consciousness . . . . This is what I’m looking for all the time. The theoretical distance you mention can fuck off.