Your favourite virtue.
Your favourite qualities in a man.
Your favourite qualities in a woman.
Your chief characteristic.
I am passionate.
Your main fault.
A little too passionate.
What you appreciate the most in your friends.
Your favourite occupation.
Your idea of happiness.
The delicate balance of freedom and devotion.
Your idea of misery.
To be repressed.
If not yourself, who would you be?
Æon Flux as drawn by Peter Chung.
Where would you like to live?
Where I am loved, with people who share similar values.
Your favourite colour and flower.
I have a favourite shade of every colour and many favourite flowers. Among the latter: orchids for their erotic connotations; bouvardia longiflora humboldtii for its architectural form; lilies for their simplicity and scent that reminds me of my studio; night flowering jasmine for its hedonistic perfume and modest appearance; and old-fashioned roses grown by my mother.
Your favourite prose authors.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Oscar Wilde, Andy Warhol, Paul Bowles, Bruce Chatwin, Joan Didion, Georges Bataille, Franz Kafka.
Your favourite poets.
T.S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Henry Charles Bukowski.
Your favourite heroes in fiction.
Lord Henry Wotton from The Picture of Dorian Gray, “you will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit.”
Your favourite heroines in fiction.
La Femme Nikita as played by Anne Parillaud.
Your favourite painters and composers.
Ed Ruscha, Francesco Clemente, Frida Kahlo, Yayoi Kusama, Philip Guston, Robert Crumb, Katsushika Hokusai, Brett Whitely, David Hockney – and Ludwig van Beethoven.
Portraits by Bruce Usher, 2018 (left) and 2008 (right).