As a model was giving yourself the power to control the way you're seen important to you? This is the first time I've ever used myself in my work and I just needed to accept that modelling is a part of my life. I'm exploiting myself, but in a very honest and real way. I wanted the paintings to be honest to me and my life and I think I've now managed to use that aspect in a positive way. It's definitely something that is from me and from my heart.
Immigration is an inescapable topic at the moment, and something you've explored in this show, was that political statement deliberate? I've never thought my work would be like that, political in any way, but when I was creating these paintings I had to be instinctual about when a piece was finished. I have a habit of overworking my stuff all the time and by going back to all these memories that I never really understood, trying to put them into context of what's currently going on with immigration and things like that, it just naturally happened. Honesty, realness, rawness, I wanted things to feel rough, like they've just come out of my studio at home.
Text plays a big part in the show, whether it's telling people "Look at the world' or more personal for example 'I was blind when I was younger' what was the decision behind that? It's touching on North Korean Propaganda and Russian propaganda in many respects. They're telling you to do something for your country or for an organisation, whereas mine is more personal. It's not biased towards a certain topic but more a general consensus of the world, and saying look guys, wake the fuck up.