Who has influenced you the most?
I try not to be influenced by anyone. But initially, I looked to the Arte Povera artists like Giuseppe Penone and Jannis Kounellis and Japanese Gutai and
Mono-ha artists like Lee Ufan. Later I looked to artists like Ann Hamilton, Mona Hatoum, Lorna Hamilton and Tom Friedman. I really like the dextrous work of people like Lee Bul, El Anatsui
and Leonardo Drew.
What other artists do you admire? What is your favourite piece of art?
I really admire artists such as Lee Bul, Theaster Gates, Ann Hamilton, Karla Black, Kara Walker, Ellen Gallagher, Phyllida Barlow, Liza Lui, Bharti Kher,
Terasita Fernandez Surprisingly, I also look at lot of contemporary painters. People like Sam Gilliam, Frank Bowling, Hurvin Anderson, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Peter Doig, Chris Ofili, Jenny
Saville, Julia Dault, Stephen Chambers, Kehinde Wiley and Ryan Mosley. The list is endless and it’s constantly changing. For example, seeing Agnes Martin’s work last year at the Tate Modern was
I’ve recently fallen in love with the work of painter, Nijdeka Akunyili Crosby. My favourite or an important work of
art for me is Leonard Drew’s Untiled #25,
1992 which comprises stacks of bales of raw cotton. It measures nearly three metres high, four metres wide and nearly a metre deep. It doesn’t have a title but it says