Questionnaire: Sarah Lucas

Q. What was the first piece of art that really mattered to you? A. I'm not making art about art. I didn't buy a ticket.

Sarah Lucas with dove, 2010. Photograph: Julian Simmons.

Sarah Lucas with dove, 2010. Photograph: Julian Simmons.

What images keep you company in the space where you work?

Domestic paraphernalia, plus things that find their way in from outside: bits of rock, branches, birds nests, cunted old buckets and so forth.

If you could live with only one piece of art what would it be? 

The world’s plenty. 

What is your favourite title of an art work?

I might be shy, but I’m still a pig (2000) [by Sarah Lucas].

What do you wish you knew?

Everything I don’t know, I suppose. Mathematics would be handy and several languages.

What should change?

Moneylenders, insurance brokers, everybody we pay for nothing. Christ was right.

What should stay the same?

Everything changes.

What could you imagine doing if you didn’t do what you do?

I can’t imagine it, but I’d like to compose music.

What music are you listening to?

The album Hergest Ridge (1974) by Mike Oldfield; Benjamin Britten and David Bowie.

What are you reading?

2666 (2004) by Roberto Bolaño.

What do you like the look of?

Julian Simmons.

Sarah Lucas is an artist who lives in Suffolk, UK. Her solo show 'NUZ Spirit of Ewe' ran until 9 April at Two Tooms in Auckland, New Zealand, as part of the Auckland Arts Festival. Her work is included in British Art Show 7, 'In the Days of the Comet', which opens in Glasgow on 27 May. 'LUCAS – BOSCH – GELITIN' opens on 17 July at Kunsthalle Krems, Austria. 

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