Numéro art: When did colour become central to your work?
After my studies in Münster and Düsseldorf, I needed to take a break. I used to wake up every morning wanting to create, but not knowing exactly what. I made videos and sculptures, and tried in vain to capture a tree or a face in paint. But it never worked. Why? Because it wasn’t what I saw. I always perceived reality as dispersive.
How does this relate to colour?
Colours are not delimited by an object, a surface or a plane. Yellow doesn’t have to be restricted to a lemon. It can be anywhere. The idea that colour can be detached from form crystallized in the late 19th-century. For the Impressionists, colour sprang out separately from the object represented. This is why I love spray painting. Unlike with a brush, the colours don’t mix directly. The spray creates a mist of drops, that overlay and create shapes.
Painting without acknowledging the separation between a oor and a wall is a way of blurring the frontier between surfaces and objects.
Yes, but the spot where the two converge is always interesting. If you take a close look at this spot, you’ll notice how special it is, immense and full of con icts that are anything but disagreeable.