I wasn't really that well thought of as a student, and I think that was probably because my work had a lot of comedy in it. People thought that I wasn't taking it seriously. As a professional artist there's probably a lot of people who don't really take my work seriously, don't think I'm a serious artist. Obviously I am serious in the sense that I've spent my entire life in this comic endeavour.
I'm mistrustful of ideas in a way. Ideas are most just associations between things. I suppose that's what ideas are. I'm interested in the process, rather than making art some kind of strategy or manifesto. I'm interested in not overcomplicating things.
This is my piece for the Turner Prize Show. I'll just switch him on because he's kinetic. He blinks and he pees in this bucket. Oh! He normally has a wig, so he's got lush hair. That's the thing about this particular life model is he's really badly proportioned. So it's impossible to make a life-like life drawing of him anyway. Even if you do a really accurate rendering it's still going to look like a bad drawing. So maybe that offers people some freedom to do whatever they like and not to worry too much.
What we have in the middle of the room is a big life model and when you first go to art school one of the first things you do is learn how to draw. So this art work is about that experience in a way but it's also about inviting you to experience that as well. All of the drawings will be displayed in the exhibition at some point. It doesn't matter whether you're confident about drawing or not, it's just about making a drawing. And it's also particularly interesting as well to have people who have trouble actually seeing the work, so that's an interesting addition to the exhibition.
I think a lot of people are afraid of making art. People are afraid of drawing usually because they don't feel they have the requisite craft skills. But obviously that's never held me back. Quite often I think about my art as it's just an activity, it's just a job that you do during the day, and in that way I'm able to not be too precious about things and not be afraid of making mistakes which I think is probably the key to making good art.