Crusoe (dejected), 2008
oil, ink and varnish on board, 18cm x 30cm x 3cm
I came across a French version of Robinson Crusoe by Michel Tournier called 'Friday' and have made a series of works inspired by it. The situation of Crusoe is not unlike the one in which a lot of painters find themselves in, alone and increasingly feral.
Defoe was originally inspred by the real life story of Alexander selkirk, a Scotsman who was marooned on an island off Argentina for four years. This has always made me think of him as a Northern European in a latin American situation.... a lost football fan from the disasterous 1978 World Cup campaign.