ONE SMALL SEED MAGAZINE Issue #29 Digital 04 THE BEST OF - Page 46

Could you please describe how on earth you create these mesmerising images? My work is made in a three-dimensional environment using software called Maya. I have used just about every medium in my life and sculpted in a variety of materials; they’re all the same – just tools to bring out the fire in your heart and mind. It doesn’t matter what you use, whether it’s paint or a computer or knitting or building ships out of toothpicks, creation of what you love is the best thing I have found against all the cruel destruction in this world. Use anything but create what you love. There are a lot of ingredients that go into any work of art and I suppose most of them are things that can’t be seen like desire and need, pain and obsession and love and joy and wonder. Those things are just as important as the tools and without them the tools would be useless. In a sense I guess you might be more aptly described as a sculptor than a painter? The work is very sculptural but a lot of other things come into play. I originally studied architecture and often I am designing interiors and buildings or I might be poring over references to hairstyles of the 18th century or the 1950s and twisting the curves that create hair into a period style. Lighting and photography come into play as a knowledge of cameras and lights make up an important part of the virtual world. It’s all a bit of everything and even though you see just a still image there truly is a room with a figure and a cabinet – and inside the cabinet there may be hidden things the viewer never sees – but they are there and the unseen things are just as important to me as those things that can be seen. Do you conceive of the entire scene prior to starting work on it or does it coalesce in the working process? I usually start off with an idea or a dream or a feeling that I can’t stop thinking about and after starting the process I find that it gradually starts to change into what It wants to be, rather than what I had in mind. It’s a very intuitive and fluid way of working when you can walk around inside your work. Things can change on a whim and in a moment you find yourself working on something that you feel is being directed by someone or something else. It’s not like working on a fixed picture as the point of view can be from anywhere and even when you think it’s about one thing it starts to manipulate you and change into quite another thing entirely. You begin to value the momentary decisions made in your intuitive subconscious rather than being ruled by the planning and fear-based control that the rational conscious mind works by. 3 one small seed ‘I usually start off with an idea or a dream or a feeling that I can’t stop thinking about and after starting the process I find that it gradually starts to change into what It wants to be, rather than what I had in mind.’