There is the idea of something that was seen (a work one likes in the history of art, texts, photos, some detail, theme or subject), anything that is worth exploring. Following this is a natural development of this idea, often on paths that stray considerably from these starting points.
Besides the computer, where I keep my “memory banks”, I have some notebooks in which I make drawings. I also gather newspaper cuttings, photographs or other things that iIhave leisurely put aside in folders. all this is material that I can work on in the future.
I have to be able to get something for myself from what I do. For example, when I am looking at a painting, or when i’m reading, i’m a selective robber: I steal what interests me so I can use it later in some way in my work. painting is linked to history, linked to tradition. it has a special relationship with recent and past events, with memory, and it’s in that relationship that i’m trying to find my way.
for me the computer is just a practical and easy system. On the one hand an image warehouse; on the other, the applications that the computer provides allow those images to be transformed and allow one to add new data to it. I use several different computer programs in order to transform and alter the images I have collected, whether these are drawn or photographed by me or made by others, whether they are from the history of art, comic strip drawing, architecture or anything else. I take details or the whole and I alter/transform it the way I want.