"My first work 'Underworld' (2005) was part of a triptych dealing with the universal themes of paradise, earth and the underworld. It is based on Corbusier's designs because he is a utopian architect but one who has heroically failed. This modernist dream has decayed.
The second painting is 'Breughel's Highway' (2004) which is of a carriageway, but one that is half built and then decays. It was inspired by Breughel's 'The fall of Icarus'. This is using ancient myths and combining them in a way to reflect our condition now.
'Skyscraper' (2004) is a generic skyscraper bursting through the clouds, and it also has a hallucinatory element. I am not seeking to proclaim anything but simply to use these archetypes as a way of creating works that will somehow generate spaces for us to question our existence. I think of them as revealing the fractures of the gloss of modern life and revealing the undercurrents."
This interview is on the dvd 'british art show 6', Channel 5, 2005, directed by Gary Malkin. The film was produced by BALTIC Library and Archive in conjunction with Hayward Gallery Touring Public Programmes and BALTIC Education and Public Programme teams.