1 What is/are the primary reason(s) for you to make work in the first place?
Exercise my demons.
2 What do you intend your work to convey to an audience?
An alluring but repellent trip to hell and back, stopping off in a tranny hooker bar on the way, to catch the last act die on stage.
3 Why do you work in your chosen medium and format?
Performance allows you to transgress boundaries and mediums with a powerful and immediate resonance.
4 Technically speaking how do you go about constructing your work, that is the image or object itself? What devices do you employ?
Through alter-ego characterisation and improvisation, break dancing, free hand graffiti art, stencilling, installation, graphic design, video editing.
5 Which period(s)/artists/specific works of art are you influenced by and how directly? How does this manifest in your work?
Anarchic, underground art movements such as 1970’s and 80’s New York subway painting presented in the pioneering Hip Hop culture documentary ‘Style Wars’ and David La Chapelle’s LA street clowning documentary ‘Rize’, as well as the base rawness of Jean-Michel Basqiuat, and performance orientated artists such as Leigh Bowery, and Paul McCarthy.
6 What stimulates/informs your work from the world around you?
Confrontational situations, visual manifestations of anger and the discordant self, madness, sexuality.
7 What stimulates/informs your work from your own personal experience?
Experiencing the sheer anarchic rebellion as a graffiti artist and the liberation and confrontation that comes from wearing high heels and a mini, down a busy high street.
8 From where do you derive your other visual source material (i.e. non art historical) and how do you implement this material within your work?
Arse kicking film performances, for instance, my alter ego character, Dirty Honky was in part inspired by Lily Tomlin’s street hustling, punk hooker portrayal of SCUM Manifesto founder, Valerie Solanas in the film ‘I shot Andy Warhol’ crossed with the b-movie horror of Tim Curry’s portrayal of the Pennywise character in Stephen Kings film, ‘It’.
9 What are the main problems that you face in making your work?
Trying to control what you can’t control.
10 Where do you intend to take your work from here?
Bigger, stronger, louder, darker.