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Tatawa (Wei Tan) ART Habens there with everything else. This crude lack of thought helps me limit my already overtly open-‐ended painting process. The way I develop texture is by throwing things I like onto the canvas and hoping that they work. Only in the very last moments do I make some logical decisions on how to finish a painting. However, to my amusement, the less thought I put into finishing a painting, the better it turns out, which is very good news to me, since my intention is to indulge in thoughtless spontaneity for as long as possible and to be surprised by the eventual coherence that comes out of it. Visually, the more obvious stylistic influences are Cy Twombly, Joan Mitchell, Philip Guston, and Helen Frankenthaler. And then there is a whole list of childhood influences from the likes of Chinese calligraphy which I learnt as a child, to Japanese manga which I practiced as a teenager. On a daily basis I am influenced by the hundreds of fellow artists on my Instagram feed – among them, Caroline Denervaud’s dance–art, Iabadiou Piko’s raw scribbles, Eser Gündüz’s intimate sketchbooks, Dokkanmama’s story-‐like Japanese calligraphy, and Matías Sánches’ lunatic painted figures. Another vital influence is the music I 21 4 06 Special Issue