After I made Mother and Child (Divided) and the 12 disciples cows’ heads I moved on and later, I looked back at how quickly everything had happened to me and made the bull piece in a gold tank called The Golden Calf for my 2008 auction. I felt like something had changed inside me, I’d seen so much happen in the art world and The Golden Calf was a kind of funny comment on the boom and the excesses I’d been through. It had been a roller coaster ride where for a while everything I made was selling so it was tempting to start believing I was some kind of genius but having had no money when I was young I didn’t trust it and knew it couldn’t last, but the work sold for a lot of money.
Two years later, I didn’t know what to do and so I beheaded The Golden Calf and made this piece called End of an Era. The Golden Calf title comes from Exodus, when Moses is away and the Israelites’ start worshipping a golden calf.
They are all self-portraits really.