GRA: Where does your inspiration come from?
SB: Life itself. That ubiquitous and ephemeral life force. The vibrational presence or absence in nature, in colour, in form. Air moving over water, the spring-time thaw that heaves the soil, the breeze travelling through the leaves from tree to tree, heat rising and creating distortions, mirages of movement, changes in light as a cloud passes over. The gift of being human is the ability to create. Life wants to grow. Humans need to expand and question. Yearn to understand their place in time and space and the ontological relationship to higher realms of being. When the need to create is stifled the world becomes dull and lifeless. Joyless, without depth. Tight. Breathless. Inhuman.
GRA: What place do galleries still have in the world of the internet, social media etc. in the career of an artist?
SB: A difficult question. Galleries offer a physical space for art. Much three dimensional work does not translate accurately in photo and video. The relationship of the body to the work is distorted at best and it's impact very much changed from being in the physical presence of a piece of art. Painting too is a different media on a computer screen.The visceral feel of the paint is lost, the proportions of the work relative to the body can't be defined or felt. I do think the internet, social media inspire another form of art work that is very interesting. However, it speaks another language, another vernacular and vocabulary. Galleries provide the business end of the relationship with artists—enticing collectors, selling, curating, vision, enthusiasm. Galleries are my link to the Art World and Art Market, from which I keep my distance as I have found they are a dangerous pair for me. Distorting my thinking, my values, my priorities. I cannot create if I think about them.
GRA: What is the most difficult part of the creative process?
SB: The end of a particular piece. My work process is exhausting and at the very end there is this frenzy of not-knowing that has to resolve. Will the piece work?, will it hold the space?, will it create an intensity?, will it resolve as well as remain open and leave one thinking and interested?