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Feature: Blek le Rat interviews HUSH - Juxtapoz

Blek le Rat: I very much like your new way of working. You overlay different coats of paint in which you blend images that almost vanish under new coats of paint. It is like superposing different skins, I knew someone who called this" the skins of the walls". Can you tell me more about this way of working?

HUSH: I like that phrase. I play with lots of ideas in the paintings I make and like to reference a lot of movements, past and present. I have always loved that old graff rule about a throw can go over a tag, a dub over a throw, a piece over a dub and so on.

I also love the transient way in which work on the street evolves and usually looks more at home the longer it settles, gets going over, degrades and fades. I try to create all these actions and mistakes in the studio.

I always work on two of the same paintings every time I create a piece, partly for the fact that I will take more risks on one so my work progresses, although there does come a point where I will only finish one as it becomes obvious which one is working.

I also do this so when I make a new painting I can go over the discarded painting and leave remains of it visible to the viewer. I kind of take pleasure in knowing that there was a good piece and lots of work underneath a painting. It always feels uncomfortable working on a clean canvas, I like the feel and textures of a worked on 

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