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Salad: A Group Show at SMITH. December2017
Asked and Answered Gabrielle Raaff to Stephen Allwright Q: I can count on one hand the amount of portraits I’ve done of my daughter. Working with her around can bring about a strange sort of denial of the child’s existence when I’m in the studio. I know you have a child too and I wondered whether, subconsciously or more literally, you are influenced by your child in your work? A: Of late, I’ve had to try and find a space to work in which my child is not at the forefront of my mind. It seems like such a selfish thing to say. It feels almost like a betrayal. My son is almost three and there’s such a demand for my creative energy that it’s very difficult to close my space again to be able to deal with that which I need to deal with. I filter that, perhaps subconsciously, into my work. However, I need to be able to regulate how it influences me, because I feel myself to be thin-skinned in a way I don’t necessarily want to be
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