I love the genuine surprise on all their faces. They legitimately did not think they were getting this award because NOTHING has been handed to them throughout their entire career. They have fought so incredibly hard for everything, and the pure, humble shock they have in winning is my absolute favorite part.
What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
My work explores darkness and light, creation and destruction, and mortality and fragility. I am obsessed by texture. I am interested in the transformations that can take place when I am no longer a slave to the image and the painting becomes more about the paint and the surface. I see paint as a vulnerable skin hovering and clinging to the subject, masking the identity of the subject. Sometimes a random damaging mark can surprisingly enhance and enliven the image.