Malcolm Poynter was dubbed ‘the violent genius’ in the late 70s. He’s a political sculptor who makes work that both shocks and amazes. His often life-size sculptures are haunting and yet often baroque. See his work at malcolmpoynter.com

AGE? 70

TELL US WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE YOUR AGE?

 Fascinating, memory could be sharper.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE NOW THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE AT 25?

 A place to work and show.

WHAT ABOUT SEX?

 More relaxed and friendly.

AND RELATIONSHIPS?

 More valued, in other words, more appreciation and understanding.

HOW FREE DO YOU FEEL?

 I try to keep that feeling current.

WHAT ARE YOU PROUD OF?

 My work.

WHAT KEEPS YOU INSPIRED?

 My work and many, many other people’s.

WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?

 Working.

AND WHERE DOES YOUR CREATIVITY GO?

 Into my workshop.

WHAT’S YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF LIVING?

To try to enrich my life and other people’s.

AND DYING?

Fast and with dignity.

ARE YOU STILL DREAMING?

Yes, maybe too much.

WHAT WAS A RECENT OUTRAGEOUS ACTION OF YOURS?

Moving to Austria and converting a garden centre into a gallery for my work.