You write about how much imagination relies on new impressions and fresh encounters. How did you manage to keep creative through lockdown?
Through the lockdown I created fifteen hours of radio, I painted four square-metre paintings based on images of the Thamesmead Housing estate and I put one hundred suggestions of art projects to follow on Instagram.
I think after a lifetime of making art you realise that making art is itself is an encounter that inspires the next art work and so on. I think that’s why so many artists who have been interviewed seem okay during lockdown: in large part, we are self-sufficient. That’s another good reason to engage in art: you will set yourself your own life’s projects if you persist.
Immediate environment is key to creativity. Tell us about your dream studio, and how it came to life.
It’s important to have around to you what you need to make art. That could be a laptop or it could be a foundry! For me it’s a radio and a space. I have created many studios but my current studio in Ramsgate comes very close to being a dream. I am located just two minutes’ walk from the sea, and five minutes from an excellent Italian restaurant. Vernacular sign writing has been one of my inspirations, so the seaside, with its ice cream stalls and arcades, has been a magnet.