Wylie at her studio upstairs in her Kent cottage. Courtesy The Guardian. Photo: Sarah Lee.
Often, a painting's content is described on the canvas in blocky handwriting that is as much a part of the picture as the figures the words snake around or run into. Yet in both thinking and making, the process is slow and considered. 'You can go on for about five hours doing just one little bit. It really can be hours.' Wylie recently had a stint of eight-hour days, navigating round her studio in chunky black work boots. After four hip replacements, she explains, she's had to ditch her beloved trainers for something she can slip on.