When I first started looking at myself as an artist, I found inspiration in other artists whose ideas or believes I shared. Marcel Duchamp was one of the most powerful and important influences, and what I admire most is his attitude: he laughs about people, about himself, about his daily life. He made me believe that I could take myself seriously as an artist without being too serious. I also appreciate the work of contemporary artists such as Alicja Kwade
, Erwin Wurm
, or Kim De Ruysscher
. Then there is this furniture project of artists Muller Van Severen, and their emphasis is not completely concentrated on the function of the objects – the duo suggest different ways of living and using space. Sometimes with a touch of absurd, turning to irrational.
About Pop Art, I used to like the aesthetics more when I was younger, now my taste has changed. But I like the simplicity of the techniques artists used back then; and I still believe what Warhol did is great. Isn’t it funny to just paint a Campbell Soup and sell it for thousands of dollars?