KC: Could you describe your artistic process?
YV: If I’m starting with just a canvas, I don’t know what will happen, the canvas tells me where to go. I start making little marks, then those become more marks and it ends up feeding itself until something begins to emerge.
With photos, sometimes I have an idea of where a piece will go, but I’ll also just sit and stare at a photograph to see what comes to me. I’ll find what the photo is saying, or what the subject is saying, or what spirit is coming from the photo.
I don’t go into my pieces with a plan, because I don’t go into my life with a plan. It’s all a leap of faith, even leaving your house is a leap of faith.
KC: So you’re a man without a plan?
YV: I never had a plan to not have a plan, I just kept going through life.
Little kids don’t have plans, they just feel and do what they like – playing the drums, playing the guitar, singing, whatever. So I just kept doing what I liked. And then I was an adult, old enough to make a decision – and the decision was to just keep going. There’s a point of no return with the arts. No sane person goes into the arts.
KC: So….you’re saying you’re insane? It seems to be working for you.
YV: You have to have a goal. While the journey towards that goal will have twists and turns, that goal is still your north star, your navigation in life. In the arts, you’re gambling with your entire life – not knowing where your future will go or if you’ll ever make a dime – but you keep going because you know you have to do what you love.