For You began as paintings in 2001 that were titled, I Care for You. I wanted to paint but didn’t want to mix colours, so I contacted Clinique, who provided me with their cosmetic range for the season – colours I presumed would automatically look good as they had been market tested. I converted the cosmetics into paint and sprayed them onto clear acrylic, so when flipped around, they acted like mirrors. Because the colour was designed to look good on people, you did too, so the title was just that, I Care for You. I made other versions of these with updated colours from new seasons in later years.
One evening, I was at a club with a light-up dancefloor and people wanted me to dance; I didn’t because I was too shy and awkward. Sitting there I thought, ‘if only you could always look good’, so the idea was conceived to swap paint for light, and then a simplified title, For You. I asked Yves Saint Laurent to provide their range and converted lipsticks, eyeshadows and foundations to light.