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Meet Bard Artist: Scott Van der Veen

New York

Scott Vander Veen is an artist with a primary focus on drawing — he takes reference especially from literature and history, basing much of his work on distorting narrative and content.

 

Name: Scott Vander Veen

Age: 23

Hometown: Honestly, good question. First Michigan. Now my family lives in New Jersey. But I think I feel most Home in the Hudson Valley.

Where you at now: Queens

Graduation Year:  2016

 

Inspiration: 

“I’m drawn to artifacts and ornamental things. I to go to the Met to look at reliquaries, steles, scrolls, and rocks with pictures on them. The hall of Minerals at the Natural History Museum is a favorite place as well.”

“I love Manhattan for the ornamental flairs on the buildings- the grotesques and the figures and curls in wrought iron and the little faces and people that pop out of the architecture on old buildings. Also the garbage.”

 

Favorite packaged snack? 

Fish in a can Gods’ gift to man.

 

Favorite landmark in New York? 

When I lived upstate in Hudson there was a miniature Statue of Liberty in my front yard. It was about regular human sized, on a tall pinkish base. A company called Liberty Paint had put it there and left it when they moved locations or closed. Anyway, we used to hang out a lot and now I feel like Lady L and I have a pretty good rapport.

 

What experience (or experiences) have most defined you as an artist, and shaped your style? 

School, and then leaving school.

 

Best ice cream flavor? 

Peanut Butter Pandemonium from Stewarts.

 

What other projects are you working on besides the Freehand? 

I am working in a handmade paper arts studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It’s been great to learn a new craft and see where it can take me.

 

 

If you could live in any city in the world, what would it be? 

Atlantis. Actually, New York

 

Favorite museum in the U.S.? 

The Met. It never gets old because it’s just so big and full of treasure.

 

Favorite packaged snack? 

Fish in a can Gods’ gift to man.

 

Best restaurant you’ve visited in the past year? 

Vanessa’s

 

What’s your guilty pleasure late-night meal?

I love deli sandwiches and I don’t even feel guilty about it no matter the time of night. Deli sandwich, probably grab some ice cream to go and eat it in bed, sleep before guilt could even be possible.

 

Favorite store/boutique in New York? 

Bluestockings. Or the Strand, but only for the sale art books and window shopping the expensive monographs.

 

What’d you eat for breakfast this morning?

Rice and kimchi and a soft-boiled egg.

 

Favorite activity other than art? 

I like to go to the park and lay down on the ground in the sun.

 

What was your first job?

Watering plants and moving dirt around at a plant nursery.

 

Are you a morning or night person?

Morning & night but not afternoon.

 

What is your preferred medium? Why?

I have to keep changing almost always. But mostly sculpture- or maybe drawing – but also printmaking.

 

Which objects, people, and places do you most find inspiration in? 

I’m drawn to artifacts and ornamental things. I to go to the Met to look at reliquaries, steles, scrolls, and rocks with pictures on them. The hall of Minerals at the Natural History Museum is a favorite place as well.

I love Manhattan for the ornamental flairs on the buildings- the grotesques and the figures and curls in wrought iron and the little faces and people that pop out of the architecture on old buildings. Also the garbage.

 

What is your creative process like? 

I spend a lot of time looking at things and feeling overwhelmed. I make a lot of plans for works and then if I’m really good I can make one of them happen.

 

Who is your favorite living artist right now? 

Most of my real favorites are long dead. I really like work by Tim Hawkinson, though. I also love Francesca Dimattio, Robert Gober…