The giant canvas the Orders of the Night shows tall sunflowers silhouetted above the corpse of the artist. This dominated my view at the Royal Academy even when seen from afar through a series of arches.
The gallery is open late on a Friday night. It was busy. Although a large group of herded students all carried sketchpads and one or two others made brief written notes, I felt very exposed as the only person with the cheek to draw in this temple of art.
I had first heard of Alselm Kiefer through an art workshop a couple of years ago. This led to my making a piece We Must Leave as a conscious exercise using Kiefer’s approaches to materials, political statement and the incorporation of words within the image.