An interview with The Dotmaster

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The Dotmaster’s exhibition, ‘Trash ‘n’ Cash’, is currently at Imitate Modern at 27A Devonshire Street. The collection looks at themes related to currency, big brands, conscience and identity and is finishing on the 28th November.

What was your inspiration for this collection?

I guess I have always had a fixation with rubbish. For years people have tried to beautify the streets, spent money on making areas look trendy, and then priced people out. I wanted to look at rubbish and explore the way people think about it.

Which piece of work are you the proudest of?

It has to be Rude Kids, probably because the girl in the picture is my 9 year old daughter. When we started it, the kids felt really uncomfortable about making swearing signs. Though that’s the reason I liked it – it seems vulgar and provocative. The fact that there are children in the photo really makes people think and gives it much more of an edge. I’ve always liked rude words and gestures, there’s so much ambiguity behind them, and I wanted to capture them doing it before they become teenagers.

What was it like working with Banksy?

I have a lot of respect for Banksy, he’s always been very kind to me. Even if people draw on similarities that aren’t really there; the style I use is very different, as I use stencils. Working with him in ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ was a great experience, even if unfortunately it didn’t win the Oscar because of the debate about it being a hoax.

Is there a political message you are trying to convey?

There really is no concise political message. It’s much more nuanced than that. I guess you could say it’s political with a small ‘p’, but certainly not party political. I want to make people think about consumerism and the way we view rubbish, but I’m in no way telling them what to think. The emphasis is actually more on the craft element of the art, and the use of stencils, rather than any deep political message. Even with the dollar bills, I have used the faces of Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, so-called party girls, but it isn’t a deliberate attack on celebrity culture.

Is the collection specific for Marylebone?

It’s very much a show for Marylebone! Though I’m a street artist, and not an interior designer, it’s very important to try and take into account the clientele. Especially as a street artist, it’s crucial to be in tune with the location, so I really tried to make the collection appropriate for the area. My first job was actually on Marylebone High Street, delivering sandwiches – but everyone knows Marylebone is an affluent and glamorous area, so the show very much takes that into account.

What’s next?

Well, I’ve just been shooting for the new Martin Scorsese film ‘Tomorrow’, which is coming out next year. Sophie Kennedy Clark is playing an artist in the film, and I’m the one producing her work. Next month I’ll be heading to Miami where I’ll be doing a show for the Collection Privee Gallery in Wynwood at the Basel Art Fair. The trash I show there will be very different to what I’ve done here in Marylebone!


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