Laura Keeble answers FAD’s Questions

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1 When did you start to make art?
From my beginning.

2 How did you evolve into a professional artist?
I don’t think being an artist is a career choice.
I really believe that being an artist is a way of thinking/seeing and therefore a way of life.
It’s not something that I chose. I did choose however to go to university and educate myself in Contemporary art.
This was a massive decision for me as it created a further awareness and opened up a whole new world of discovery.

3 What drove you to make art as a professional vocation?
It’s never been a choice. I am passionate to the point of obsession about making work

4 Explain your inspiration?
The desire to create a moments thought and raise a question. Communication.

5 In what way does your inspiration transform into ideas?
I find it easier to communicate through imagery. When I see questions that I would
like to create the ideas are images in my head. I think in pictures.

6 From Ideas to production of art – how? And why?
If I ignore an idea, it never leaves my brain and continues to bug me…it’s easier to create
how I see it in my head and move on.

7 Could your ideas be portrayed in any other medium? If so which?
I hope that when I use a medium to work in it is the best media for the piece.
I do have a fascination with creating a book of descriptions that would
describe installations without me having created them, perhaps even pasting a
description at the site-almost like a proposal…not half as exciting though!!!

8 Which artists would you most like to blatantly rip off?
Depends for what reason! Not really a fan of the term Rip off, sounds incredibly mean.
My work is all about appropriation so if there was someone’s work in particular
I wanted to play with, if I could open a different dialect with it, there would have to be a reason..a twist perhaps!!
…then I would!!

9 Why is your art made?
To make observations, create discussion and highlight how our lives are made up of constant contradictions.
From a personal standpoint I have to make the work otherwise the idea will float round my head until I can
think of nothing else. Making the work is almost a release for me.

10 What does being an artists mean to you?
Everything

11 Are you happy with your reasons for making art? i.e Are there any trade offs that make life hard?
I find it incredibly hard to accept money for indoor work..this makes life hard as I constantly am
having inner arguments with myself about this interfering with the integrity of the work.

12 When does your art become successful?

When I trust my intuition.
With street work it’s always about the reactions of others that make the work interesting to me.

13 What is art?

Everything and nothing.

14 How do you start the process of making work?
It’s more a case of coming across something that I feel needs to be flagged up or that I have a personal interest in and from this I will begin to go through a process of idea filtering, heavy research and contextualisation.

15 Who prices your work? And how is the price decided upon?
I don’t price my work, but have always been aware that art pricing is about what someone is prepared to pay to own it.

16 What is your next; move,project,show etc?

I am currently very excited to be working on a solo show in the new year with the Andipa Gallery.
It’s a time for me to see if I can create an impact indoors.
I have been playing with a lot of ideas that command their own space and
need to be viewed within.

17 What are the pros and cons of the art market?
I couldn’t say. I am not interested in the selling of work just making it.

18 Which pieces would you like to be remembered for?

There is a new indoor sculpture I am in the process of making. I believe it to be the most poignant work I have ever made.

19 Any routine in making your artwork? If so what?
Ideas first followed by an intense period of energetic making and then frequent episodes of doubt.

20 What has been the biggest break in your career?

Forgotten Something!!?! installation outside the White Cube.

21 Who has been the biggest influence on you?

Lots of creative people have influenced me, amongst them
Brad Downey, his Madonna and Child installation was amazing and one of my favourites.

22 How many artworks have you given away and to whom?

The majority of the work I make is left on the street and is no longer mine, so anyone who takes a liking or offense to it!

www.laurakeeble.com
www.andipa.com

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the founder and editor of FAD magazine, a curation of the world’s most interesting culture, and Creative Director of FAD Agency, a digital creative agency: www.fad.agency

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