Asger Carlsen takes chances. His work is known for its unique combination of humour, grotesque and shock, which makes it stand out from the crowd in all its abnormality and deformation. Barry W Hughes recently sat down with Carlsen  to discuss the background to his latest project, Hester, and how he creates his “shapes”. 

Barry W Hughes: You like to use names as titles for your series, is there a meaning behind the choice of Hester in particular? 

Asger Carlsen: There is no real meaning to the name Hester, other than it’s the street I live on in New York and for me the name has some association to something that is complex and mysterious.  

BWH: When you worked on these images, was there an initial vision in your mind of how you wanted the final images to look, or was it a case of letting things happen

This article appeared in 181 on December 2012. Buy here

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