David Lynch: ‘I Was a Teenage Insect'

Ahead of a show of his new works at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, LA, this autumn, the cult filmmaker and artist answers our Questionnaire

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Alfred Wertheimer, Elvis Presley talks on the telephone in his family’s recently purchased home, Memphis, Tennessee, July 4, 1956. Courtesy: the artist and Getty Images

Alfred Wertheimer, Elvis Presley talks on the telephone in his family’s recently purchased home, Memphis, Tennessee, July 4, 1956. Courtesy: the artist and Getty Images

What images keep you company in the space where you work?
Hieronymus Bosch, Martin Luther King Jr. and Elvis.

What was the first piece of art  that really mattered to you? 
Francis Bacon’s paintings, which I saw in 1966 at Marlborough Gallery in New York.

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

What do you wish you knew?
The answer to this question.

What is your favourite title of an  artwork?
Right now, I guess it’s: I was a teenage insect.

What should change?
Iron into gold.

What should stay the same?
Gold.

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

What music are you listening to? 
Georgian polyphonic music.

What are you reading?
Emails.

What do you like the look of? 
Organic phenomena.

David Lynch is an artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, USA. This autumn, he will present an exhibition of new works at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles. Last year, his television show Twin Peaks: The Return aired on Showtime in the US.

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