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artvaughan [artvaughan] 

What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
Intuitive artist who paints (mostly in oils), sculpts (mostly carving in wood and concrete), collages and constructs assemblages out of detritus.
What is your message?
I believe that art is beyond messages, that meaning is the death of art, and that art resonates at a non-verbal level.
Your biography in four lines.
Born of non-artistic parents, showed and lost early promise, rediscovered art as a mature adult.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/artvaughan/ http://artvaughan.blogspot.com @artvaughan on Twitter
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
No idea. Out of nothing. Out of playing with materials. Out of who I am. Out of what I see. Out of what I feel. Hopefully, from somewhere deep.
What role does technology play in your creative process?
Electronic technology is only important currently in reproducing my work online. However, I am working on an exciting project to use relatively simple software to create a new art form.
What is art?
Art is that which stills my intellect, enchants my soul and stirs my heart. Art is that which immerses us in the experience of another reality defined by, and in terms of, the art work itself.
When do you get your best ideas?
3 a.m.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
I don't work with "ideas" as such. More an impulse. I only know if it is worthwhile after the work is completed (and sometimes not even then).
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
Almost anything by Turner, van Gogh, Monet, Pollock, Henry Moore, Jean Arp.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
When I began to learn to draw as an adult and realised what was possible.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Because so many people have volatile personalities. I don't believe that there is anything such as an artistic or creative personality.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
If I ever find myself negotiating the categories of social space in an intrapersonal trajectory of referential obfuscation, I will consider myself a postmodern. Until then I will happily eschew the label.
How should a work of art be evaluated?
How does it resonate with you? How deep does it take you? Does it lead you to see the world anew?
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
Don't we all?
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
Turner evanescent colour. Van Gogh the vibrancy of life. Pollock for sheer courage. Arp for serious playfulness. Henry Moore for form. Noguchi for isness. Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan for creative stimulation.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
Sometimes useful. Always never enough.
Is art necessary?
For what? Art emerges from a human need for art.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
Sometimes yes and sometimes no
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
Follow my instincts
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
Alas, very little. Any takers?
Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?
Whatever I am doing.
Do you personally collect any items?
Natural forms, rather than works of art.
Which websites do you frequently visit?
I tend to use Google to follow any particular interest or current obsession,rather than going back to the same websites.
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
I am very tempted to say DON'T! Once you begin, there is no turning back. So my advice would be to think carefully about it before beginning. But if you follow that advice, you weren't meant to practice art anyway.

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