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Studio Secrets

Lee Edwards

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

My 'Doctor Who' posters and what the original programme means to me - the economic use of materials in raw form to suggest things that are essentially fantastic or absurd. Cropped blond hair and wood grain, skin cut from porn mags, the compressed nature of MDF and my own photographs of cracks, puddles and road works are all things which will inspire my forthcoming work. 

Describe your working methods and processes

Scratching, cropping, hands-on, snapping away with a camera, repetitive acts again and again, making something out of the most economical materials in the most long-winded way possible, working until my sanity drops out of my head, painting and bleeding.

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

My electric heater

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

Johannes Vermeer, Tom Friedman, David Musgrave and Hans Holbein (whose recent show at Tate Britain rocked my boat)

Is your studio a refuge or a place of torture?

My studio is a refuge for torturing myself