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Studio Secrets

Jo Wilmot


Photo by Paul Murphy

Describe the things and images that you have around you in your studio and how they influence or inform your work.

The floor is usually littered with imagery torn from magazines or off the internet. At the moment it's all got a high-end glossy sterility. However, trash still has a powerful pull - seen by items I've got lying around such as high heels, knickers and a reconstruction of a mini bar.

Describe your working methods and processes.

The work appears chaotic and its becoming more so, bizarrely this means that there's actually more planning before I start. If I don't know how each bit is going to be done the painting can just appear to melt off the canvas. Things do change though as the work develops.

Which single item in your studio is most important to your work?

Probably paint (a telling statement I know).

Which artist/s most influence your work and which recent show has been inspirational?

Right now Manet, Willem De Kooning, Albert Ohlen and the writers J.G.Ballard and Brett Easton Ellis.

Michael Simpson's recent show at David Risley was very exciting. It was so refreshing to see such monumental paintings - at first they appear really graphic and simple, relying on formalism and referencing minimalist sculpture. However, the longer they're viewed the more you notice all the painterly games. I've already seen it twice and will see it again before it closes.

Is your studio a refuge or a place of torture?

That depends upon the cold...