"Indispensable" is a series that asks the de Young’s Artists in Residence to explain a tool that’s essential to their work.
So tell us why you picked a hammer.
I use a lot of bucket paint and this hammer is the best thing for closing the lid on a can. I’m constantly opening and closing my buckets and I’m constantly shaking them. So if they’re not shut tightly, paint is getting all over the place. It’s a really a major part of my process. Look at all my paintings, there’s like a billion colors in there. I’m opening a lot of cans for a short period of time each.