RF: This motif is linked to a particular time. My first wolf picture was made as part of the wood pictures, when I mounted wood on top of a painting.
I lived in Manhattan on 23rd Street, between 11th Avenue and West Side Highway, which runs along the Hudson River. In 1983, I had moved to New York. To get fresh air and to get out of the ‘big city jungle’, I used to walk along the Hudson River, enjoying the wideness – you could see as far as to the Statue of Liberty.
Coming from the North Sea, I have always liked the sea. At the time, there were still those old piers at the Hudson and one pier was made of oak wood. It was already falling apart but you were still allowed to walk on it. I took photos there too – some are included in my books.
I created large-sized portraits and self-portraits onto which I mounted wood, and then I came up with the wolf motif. It’s a long time ago and New York was economically pretty run down. I first lived in Williamsburg.