William Blake, The Ghost of a Flea (c1819-20) Photograph: Tate
I always wanted to do big things when I was younger. I thought big is good ... So when I came across the Blake painting, I thought: 'What is it? It takes you in there. It's dark, and it's scary, and it has this huge scale.' Then you think: 'Where is the flea? What is the flea? Why is it the ghost of a flea?' It was probably the most frightening image I'd ever seen. It seduces you; it asks so many questions, but doesn’t answer them. I really enjoyed thinking about it and looking at it. I went back and saw it a few times. Later, I looked at all Blake’s work, but it didn’t have the same power as that image. It has that David Lynch feel to it, hasn’t it?