Vaughn Horsman is an artist, designer and maker. He is a trained architect, lecturer and self taught artist with a life-long interest in the invention and production of meaningful objects. Horsman was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa but now lives with his family in London.
In 2007 he produced his first digital-physical project using code to generate laser-cut plywood structures and has been creatively investigating the field ever since. This has led to a broad portfolio of art work including relief sculpture, surface and suspended installations (such as wall surfaces, mobiles and light fixtures), and furniture.
Horsman’s work captures the mediating role information plays in our lives through the use of information and programming (data or code) to produce physical objects. Many of the pieces are a reflection or critique of the systems, politics, and constructed identities which define our experiences of place, and embody the contrasts between manufactured urban environments and natural space.
Since 2011, Horsman has been working more intensively and intimately with the craft of producing his forms. Rather than outsourcing the manufacture of his works, he now works with his own customised CNC machinery, power tools and traditional woodworking techniques, experimenting with other media including paint, plaster, paper, plastics, and aluminium. Computers remain a primary tool in his conceptual process. Using the experience of physically manufacturing forms, he now feeds information back into the initial concepts to invent new strategies for designing and making objects in a contemporary world. The actual act of production, the choices of materials and tools, have become a significant part of each final work.
He works from an art studio in an industrial corner of South-West London where he finds inspiration in neighbouring stonecutting, plaster casting, and cabinetmaking workshops. He consults for interior designers and architects, and continues to teach, most recently as Artist in Residence at Lady Katharine Berkeley School, Gloucestershire.