1xRun Thru Interview
Wild At Heart 18 by Miss Van
1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, is the original still for sale?
Miss Van: This piece is a classic Miss Van drawing for me. Simple, sensual and sophisticated. The original was sold at my last show in Los Angeles “Wild at Heart” this past August of 2012.
1xRUN: What materials was this piece created with? How long did it take from start to finish?
Miss Van: I used pencil, charcoal and pastels. This piece took roughly 4 / 5 hours.
1xRun: Anything immediate you would like us to highlight about this piece?
Miss Van: It’s a piece that represents and resumes very well my work on general, it’s like a syntheses of all the characters I’ve drawn for the past 20 years.
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about?
Miss Van: I was improvising with some details and references in mind.
1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Miss Van: Every single piece is unique and special for me.
1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Miss Van: Because of it’s classic, timeless, old-fashioned look and it’s sensuality.
1xRun: Describe this piece in one gut reaction word.
Miss Van: Sassy.
1xRun: When did you first start making art? What was your first piece?
Miss Van: When I was 15 / 18 years old and started to study art and paint in the street at 20 ( 1993 ). My first piece was on a wall, it was some weird very graphic characters.
1xRun: What artists inspired you early on? What artists inspire you now?
Miss Van: Vaughn Bode , Mark Ryden , and countless others…There are so many artists, I don’t like to make a list and name people.
1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what?
Miss Van: Yes , I like to put music in shuffle or some mix , then I don’t have to think about it. I listen to a lot of hip-hop, trip-hop, reggae, dancehall, oldies, soul and down tempo.
1xRun: You have done some amazing collaborations, who are some of your favorite people to work with? If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?
Miss Van: Ive been doing great stuff with Dan Quintana ( L.A ) and Ciro Schu ( Sao Paulo ). [For the latter] I would pick Vaughn Bode or Salvador Dali, because they were crazy and genius and they really had their own world.
1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it? The last?
Miss Van: I think the first was a photo and I still have it at home. The last were some prints I guess, I don’t buy paintings very often, but I will swap if possible!