"I often look near before I look far. Much lies hidden right at your feet, in your own everyday life. STILL LIFE has a simple and geometric expression based on what I would choose if I were to give myself the gift of a quality tablecloth
. Something made to last. Something classic. Sometimes it doesn't take much, but what's there has to be just right, of course. You need to apply yourself.
First I drew the patterns as lines on paper, many lines. Fairly soon I discovered that a tablecloth too has to be drawn on a 1:1 scale, like everything else I design. I drew ink lines on metres and metres of calico. The computer only came in during the final stage. The pattern itself is a repetition of lines based on a small number of rules: alternatively vertical and horizontal and in varying density.
Working on two planes only was a calm, pleasant task.
The name, 'Still Life', refers to the situation that will invariably emerge on and around the tablecloth
: the table is laid, people gather, a mood arises. This tableau is a recurring image in still-life paintings. To me, it seemed obvious to celebrate the life that unfolds around a well-laid table.