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Having based a whole show on the discovery of an eyelash in his foreskin, Atkins is not one to shy away from the extreme. But for the Oxford-born artist, whose recent Serpentine debut boasted some spectacularly creepy imagery of deflating heads, it’s all in a day’s work. “I want (my art) to be super-viciously artificial, but telling you to check the mole on its shoulder,” he told us earlier this year. With plans to embark on a decade-long email project, 2015 is set to get much more intimate – and much more unsettling.

Earlier this year, Atkins discussed his work in an interview which spanned the topics of bodily fluids, surrealism and death. Read the top five quotes below:

ON HIS ALTER-EGO

“I’m just trying to work out who the character is that I often end up speaking through in the work. It’s often quite sweary and a bit abusive. It’s a bit over the top and it’s probably a response to the demand on a lot of us to mediate our emotions, the way we actually feel about things – your public presentation through social media.”

ON HIS SEVERED HEAD OBSESSION

“A lot of it comes from surrealist and Bataillean theoretical things, and the philosopher Julia Kristeva – her comments around abjection were particularly important.”

ON CREATING SPACES IN HIS WORK

“The most pleasure I get is in creating a really particular space which then is so far away from the next space that the transition is travelling faster through time and space. That you land back and that you’re shunned, in a way. All of this spectacular stuff would seduce and then reject you.”

ON NEVER REALLY BEING INTERESTED IN ART

“I never was that interested in art, really. Literature, cinema and music definitely – if there was ever a hierarchy, art would be right at the bottom for me. I think the image is built up mostly like a paragraph. I tend to think of everything textually, I guess.”

ON PUSHING THE LIMITS

“The desire to talk about love, sex and death – ridiculously big things like that – is a desire to get to a limit, find what’s possible within representation. I want it to be super-viciously artificial, but telling you to check the mole on its shoulder.”

Twitter: @Ed_Atkins

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