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Rebecca Warren: The way I see it

Artists on politics
<em>The sculptor on the Swiss duo Fischli/ Weiss and advertising Stolichnaya</e

Does art make a difference?

Should politics and art mix?
I don’t think you can separate them.

Does money corrupt an artist?
It’s always a possibility.

Is your work for the many or for the few?
It’s for whoever wants to try to engage with it.

Which artist do you most admire?
The Swiss duo Fischli/ Weiss. Because they have the ability to take such small things and make them universal.

Which artist do you least admire?
There’s a long list but I can’t mention them here. Probably if I don’t admire them it’s because I don’t really think they qualify as artists.

What product, if any, would you advertise?

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I’d like to be a motorway traffic cop.

If you were world leader, what would be your first law?
That all atlases should be turned upside down. A total ban of vivisection. And I’d attempt to make a law to address the root problem of continuous war around the world.

Who would be your top advisers?
Gore Vidal (writer), Paul Morley (writer), Iggy Pop (singer), Fergal Stapleton (artist), Will Self (writer) and Kate Bush (singer). They’d have their work cut out.

What would you censor?
Journalists writing about things that they have no expertise in, knowledge of, or even sincere desire to find out about.

What would you legalise?
Anything that needed the help of the law to make it really disreputable.

Who would you banish?
The Pope.

What are the rules that you live by?
I wish it was to live in violent opposition to injustice and tyranny. But it’s probably something more like “be nice”.

What would you like your legacy to be?
Do I have to be remembered?

Do you love your country?
Of course not. That way madness and idiocy lie. But I do like it here.

Are we all doomed?
No. I’m always hopeful.

Rebecca Warren’s sculptures are at the Serpentine Gallery, London W2, until 19 April. Details:

This article first appeared in the 13 April 2009 issue of the New Statesman, Easter 2009