Boaz Vaadia – “Success is the capacity to be creative constantly”

Boaz Vaadia, Baal-Zevuv, 1999. Bluestone 50 x 35.5 x 35.5 inches  Private Collection Florida, USA

Boaz Vaadia, Ba'al-Zevuv, 1999. Bluestone 50 x 35.5 x 35.5 inches Private Collection Florida, USA

“As an artist you work in two parallel lines. The first line is the creative process, and what you do with that creative process, and then the second line is the artistic success; the commercial implications, and who-you-know implications, and all of the things that are a part of any kind of professional success. The creative aspects and the business aspects of an art career are almost schizophrenic. I manage to separate these worlds and wear my artist overalls and my business suits very well. But, “What is a success in art?”, is a very interesting question. Is success in art commercial success? Is it having the capacity to stay creative and productive in your studio all your life? Or is success when people write about you everywhere? In my mind success is to have the capacity to explore in your studio and be creative in your studio on a constant basis. That’s where success comes – the rest you really don’t have much to do with.” Boaz Vaadia

Boaz Vaadia, Asaf and Yoah, 2001 Bronze, Bluestone, Boulder 78 x 100 x 100 inches  Time Warner Center, New York, USA

Boaz Vaadia, Asaf and Yo'ah, 2001 Bronze, Bluestone, Boulder 78 x 100 x 100 inches Time Warner Center, New York, USA

“When I came to New York, I was of course amazed by the scale of the city, and felt a little out of place for about a week. I thought, “What is this? What am I going to do here?” But slowly I understood that an urban environment is not unnatural. The natural things that I experienced while growing up on the farm actually exist within the urban environment as well. All the materials were there, it was just much more concentrated. When I was young, I remember seeing pictures of trees so completely covered with birds that you couldn’t see the trees anymore. On some islands where birds nest there isn’t the space for even a pin to drop. I feel that cities are in some ways similar – we as creatures get together in this urban environment and we live like the birds on an island. That is how I can remain connected to the earth and work in this environment.” Boaz Vaadia

Boaz Vaadia, Art Interview Online

Studio (Meir, Rebecca, Sara), 2002 Bluestone

Boaz Vaadia, Installation: Studio (Meir, Rebecca, Sara), 2002 Bluestone

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