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I discovered Batman by chance because I was looking for pop culture materials to work with. [. . .] I thought of them as still lifes. I finally got what all the teachers were talking about. They all said, “Oh, don’t forget the space in the middle.” Once there was a life-size Batman cut out on the floor with a chair on top of it. They were all telling me to make it energized as space, and I did.
I’ve been working at the same image for a long time—all these Mickeys. First they were figures and then I found myself drawn to the head—so why not just do the head? To me a clown face, with its big mouth, nose, and round eyes, is so gestural; it is like Abstract Expressionism. It looks to me like a [Franz] Kline — just splashing away.