Last night in the Toscana restaurant in Kemang, Jakarta over a glass of wine or two my wife asked me to write about my life and my work. I have never thought it (my life) that interesting or that my views differ from a great many others, so the need to write about my life does not resonate or sit too well with me.

I continued thinking about our conversation and thought that my work does present an aspect of what my life is about, but it is never autobiography. After all the Irish have a saying ‘never let the truth get in the way of a good story’.  Did Beuys get rescued by Tartars? So I have been reflecting on the purpose of an autobiography. A personal truth?

What did strike me was that talking about the creative process is a different thing, that although autobiographical it has a critical gap that edits outside the author.

This video, an interview conducted by Tim Marlow (great suits Tim!) with Anselm Kiefer, this is what an artists interview should be: not about them but about the discipline of creation.

So for my beautiful caring wife I shall make an attempt to write. In the meantime enjoy this interview it is great.