What concepts or ideas most inform your
I draw inspiration from the idea of relationships and our
relationship with the world around us. The way in which nature
affects us over nurture – although I don’t believe nurture over
nature, I really like exploring the effects of the world and things
on human beings. I think that’s often highlighted in the
relationships we have and the thing that film really explores, like
when you watch American Beauty – which is one of my favourite films
– it’s about a man’s loss of masculinity and a woman’s rekindling
of her sense of power and growing dynamics in small situations that
become pretty fucking extreme. All of that kind of stuff has been
an inspiration and with my photography, I’m keen to start
conversations about how this world that we live in is affecting
Which other artists inspire you?
I’m a big fan of the Chapman Brothers. I think they’re fucking
awesome. Their political commentary is hilarious. I really like
Bradley Theodore – his technique and aesthetic is amazing. I really
like looking at his work. I think the storytellers, like Banksy,
are always fantastic. I’m really keen on people just keen on people
communicating through a small amount of words. That’s always been a
big thing for me and any art I’ve gravitated towards has always
If you could have created any piece of art in history,
what would it be?
My favourite film of all time is Akira. It’s one of the key
motivators in my life and how I look at creating something
expansive is because of this film. The creator of Akira created a
comic book in six volumes – so much to get through – he created
this wild landscape which is essentially is a pre-apocalypse and
post- apocalyptic world – it’s so intricate. It has so much in it,
so many ideas, so many amazing little brands in it from the
medicine companies to the weapons they use, the way the government
treats people, the way cults start rising. It’s so cool. And they
deduced this comic book into a movie that is still really good.
What would you change about the art industry
Art is a funny world. It’s a strange polar state. It’s a funny
thing…what I think would be good is to educate young artists to
help them understand how to navigate the industry. I think it would
be good for young artists to understand how to protect themselves,
how to read a contract etc…
Your work seems to be a celebration and examination of
the nuances of the body, especially that of heroic figures - can
you expand upon this?
I think the heroes we have today are the same heroes we had
yesterday. I’ve got a great respect for those historic ideas, the
championship of virtues, I think it’s quite interesting because
those things existed in a world that was way less stable. Now,
there’s almost a balancing act where the heroes might not actually
be heroic but at the same time we live in a world that’s not that
deeply in need of heroes. At least in the Western world.
Who are your heroes?
Alice Riley, Holly Horne, Holly Miller and Alex Rice. Those people
are my team. They’re fucking awesome. It’s a great privilege to be
around those human beings. I look up to them all. I genuinely
admire my team. They don’t work for me. We work together and help
each other. It’s a democracy and it’s dope.
I think you can find beauty in anything. There’s beauty in the
struggle. I think the journey is considerably more interesting than
the destination. I look at it as strength of character. Resilience.
I’m a big fan of resilience.