We need to think about the things we’ll leave behind.
What will remain once we’re gone isn’t all the buildings we’ve built but all the plastic we’ve dumped in ocean. We’re only just waking up to that. We view a piece of wood as permanent and a piece of polystyrene as disposable but that’s not the case. It’s like we’ve lost touch with the materiality of the world around us.
Artworks are some of the only things we expect to remain fixed.
People buy houses, do them up, change them, knock them down, and they buy furniture, reupholster it, recycle it, throw it out. With most things there’s the sense of a life cycle but with the artwork, we think it’s eternal and fixed and must remain that way. I don’t want my artworks to always feel finished; they should have a sense of openness and possibility.
Sculpture is about taking up space.
It wasn’t until I went to art school and then when I began teaching at the Slade that I really became aware of how each gender does that differently. I’m interested in masculinity and that will-to-power, that sense that the world is yours for the making and taking.
I’m a feminist, obviously.
That’s been part of my way of looking at the world for as long as I can remember. It’s not something I had to go to university to learn; it’s always been part of my sensibility and worldview.
Having children expanded my view of everything.
I learn so much from living in the same house as my three sons. I’m fascinated by how they take everything in their stride. Their presence give me a totally different outlook on what’s going on in the world – the news, the environment, even what music they’re listening to.