Van Sprang [vansprang]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I am painter ,photographer and a digital artist. I love my computer. I love my camera. I love my acrylics. I love raw beauty,and recreating.I love the raw emotional expression of words.I like to work with natural light, and I love to see defects.That is the way of the world- everything is defective in some way. Why do we, as a society need to present everything to the world in a highly unrealistic, airbrushed and unnatural manner? My art is a left and right brain battle.
What is your message?
Art should be seen as a the balancing act for humanities emotional ups and downs. A lot of my works are filled with ' unseen' additions, like words behind the paint, or specific colours which I apply in ' mood' and then paint over.As in life, a certain spectrum of existance is hidden.
The other thing that realy inspires me is the whole creation issue. Where did we come from. Origin. DNA. Patterns in nature. This subject can totally engage my brain for days! I guess you could say I am a little deep. Satart, the new art movement, allows me to explore and embrace the concept of looking at creation and being the creator, at the same time.
Your biography in four lines.
Van Sprang was born in Suriname and lived in Amsterdam for 10 years, before migrating to Australia.She describes herself as " a cultural melting pot Australian.Van Sprang studied arts, photography, digital arts, ceramics, interior design and fashion design. She runs a very successful interior design and fit out business in North Queensland.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
The inspiration for the majority of the works comes from raw emotion , people , and the concept of beauty. " I am fascinated with psychology. I think and therefore I react.
The "reaction" manifests itself as a physical piece of art. It isn't thought out or planned.
It evolves according to my feelings".
What role does technology play in your creative process?
Technology is part of my life. I need my ipod to keep the music feed alive.
What is art?
Art is everywhere you look.Everyone can be an artist. It is only just an other label.
An egostroke.Life is an artform in itself. How you use your talent, what you present to others, what colours you emit to your surroundings defines your art. We are walking canvasses, of natural patterns and structures.
When do you get your best ideas?
At 11 o'clock at night
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
I don't evaluate. I just let it happen and allow the mood to take over and transpire. Sometimes it takes until 3am for this to happen.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
On a commercial level,I have created many creative ideas that others have run with. Years ago I had the inspiration to design a range of powertools for women. It happened, but just not by me! Brainstorming with friends is a great social pasttime.
I guess if I could have created anything, I would have liked to have created the first realistic model of DNA, after having discovered the genome , of course!
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
I have always seen myself as an artist, but never had the time to indulge in the pure egotistical side of it.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Because they are often misunderstood individuals. All those images and ideas in the brain, and often no source of outlet. Battling with being in recluse mode or being over social to appease their avant guarde personalities. I think the majority of artists are repressed. The others turn into Graffiti artists, like Banksy, or social misfits like Warhol.
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
Yes and No. I am involved in the new movement, the Satart movement, which is a post modern extention, heavily relient on Technology.
How should a work of art be evaluated?
Not by the curators and the gallery owners, who are only in it to line their own pockets,as a marketing exercise.
The old masters, of course, is a totally different genre. The true art can never be replicated.
We live in a world goverened by media and marketing.
But how do you put a value on art based on imagination, process or style, when there is so much of it around?
And is it neccessary? If you want your art to sell, it is more about being a crazy, interesting marketable person with a point of difference, then about what your art is all about. Fakism. Yuck. I don't think any of us will give a brass razoo if our art is worth millions in 200 years when we are long dead.
Perhaps the value should be related to the uniqueness, or the moment in time.
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
No. Why? to please whom? To remain interesting and a cashcow? You have got to be joking.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
The artist I admire the most is Banksy.
He has an opinion. He has found his way to beat his own repression.
And it wasn't all done with the persuit of great wealth and commercial gain in sight!
He tries to remain a man without a face, although the temptation to "come out' must be enormous now.
He delivers his art because he feels like it. You go Banksy and dont sell out!
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
Public funding should be directed to those young enough to need it, as a leg up.
Or for an individual who has so much talent but does not have the economic viablity to achieve. Apprenticeships, or work experience projects would be better suited .
Projects that are so great that it would be unfair for an individual to bear the brunt of costs, when a community will benefit, could also be seen as legitimate. There are too many instances of people getting funding purely for narcassistic reasons. What for/ So others can work and allow them to eat from their taxdollars? Geez, everyone would like to devote their lives to doing exactly what they dream of. It is called BLUDGING.
Is art necessary?
yes. without it the world would be colourless, dim, grey. Art opens people's eye's to beauty and concepts of beauty.
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
no. I don't sell those pieces .
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
The artist is bought. By buying the art, or obtaining it, you are taking a piece of the soul.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
You go along with whatever feels right at the time.
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
I have already commented on that.
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
I am an entrepreneur. Selfmade. If i go along this road i will let you know.
What types of jobs do you usually do?
interior design, print maker,philosopher.
I am best at nagging.
Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?
Playing pseudo doctor, pseudo phsychiatrist. And studying the finer things in life, like unravelling the human genome, why do peopl lie and get way with it, and writing articles on subjects that intruege me at the moment.
Do you personally collect any items?
I have collected. many things-- Havana Cigar bands with Old masters art works.
Mostly I just collect browny points for being nice, and just a little bit different.
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What advice would you give to those just beginning?
Keep on doing it.
But don't think that the millions are just waiting to fall into your hands.
You have to work, baby, sorry for you.