Hi there Jonny , what are you up to at the moment?
At the moment I am exploring a recurring theme of the double within my work of objects and people being replicated, the blurred boundary between two and one, self and other. It reminds me of my father and I, who are both the same person, flesh and blood, yet who think in such different ways. When I was in my early twenties I remember sitting in the lounge of my parent’s house and the horror of noticing that my Dad and I had almost identical body language. I switched my position to the most different from that which was mimicked. The double also reminds me of my relationship with myself as a child – of this character who is becoming more and more a stranger to me as I progress into adulthood. Whenever I show people pictures of myself as a child I feel torn between saying ‘that’s me’ and ‘that was me’.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Coming up with ideas is an introverted process for me, and I have often described it as a conversation with myself, between my thought and intuition; I make an idea that feels right, and then think about it afterwards. When pondering ideas I like to be around nature, or within the home, in a bubble where I can have quality time to delve into my own thoughts with my notebook. I find the home an inspiring place to be.
Who’s your role model?
My Mother has been a great source of inspiration and support, as have my friends. There are also numerous theorists who have provided me with much inspiration in informing and articulating my work!
Who would play you in a movie?
I would love to see an adaptation played by my Teddy bear, Ted.
What’s your earliest arty memory?
I remember making a pair of shoes out of newspaper in primary school, shaped like crocodiles with nails coming out of them, in homage to Jimmy Nail’s Crocodile Shoes.
What’s the biggest lesson you have learned so far?
To focus on the ideas that I like, rather than the ideas that I think other people will like. Even if nobody else is interested, I have my journey of interests, which is the best part of it for me.
When you’re not working on being the next big thing, what do you do to relax?
Wild food foraging, badminton, visiting friends around the country, woodland walks, reading psychoanalysis, devouring ice cream and watching rom coms.
We encourage everyone to do one thing each week to be kind to themselves, what are you going to do this week to #bekindtoyou?
I’ll sit in the sun and stare vacantly at foliage.
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