I love to compete.
My Dad taught me that.
But my art is not a competition. I'm not working to get more like, or follows, or sales. My art is more of an inner pursuit and inner battle. I'm trying to make something with some soul. It's a challenge. It gets me going.
I hope to be personable. I'm embedding my emotions into my art with heat, fire and explosions.
The best part about working with gunpowder and fuse? When I 'm sad, depressed, and stressed out I can light the fuse and blow it up. Better, when I'm happy and thrilled to be alive, igniting my work is fantastic.
In the Blast Factory I feel tranquil, peaceful and calm. Time, space and anxiety disappear.
Artist Stick Vega studied mathematics and economics, earning a B.S. in economics from UW-Madison and an MBA from Edgewood College. He owned and was CEO of online apparel retailers WinterSilks and Venus Sportswear. However, upon selling the companies more than a decade ago he headed straight to his studio - The Blast Factory in Madison, WI - to create explosive, modern art with gunpowder and high-speed fuse. Stick's current work includes paintings, drawings, fusographs (exploded photographs) and writing. Please follow Stick on Facebook and/or Twitter.