I know nothing about jazz.
For example, I only discovered the other day that Miles Davis was a black guy. I’m not sure what I thought he was before I saw a picture of him (not that it matters) and I still know very little about who he is… that is how little I know about jazz. But for some reason I find it’s the best music to work to. I have been trying to decipher why this is the case. I don’t choose to listen to jazz at any other time. Just when I’m making artwork.
Jazz is complicated and yet simple. It’s a contradiction. It follows the rules of music and yet subverts them along the way to create new and interesting moods for the listener.
Much like collage…
I created ‘church’ whilst listening to an online mix for Miles Davis. I have learned nothing about jazz because I choose to simply listen and respond. Similarly I don’t think whilst I am working, I simply look and respond to the original photograph. I make decisions based on the overall rules of the photograph but subvert them along the way to create new and interesting moods for the viewer.
I disengage my brain and feel for the right notes.