Darla Teagarden, Eclectix Interview 30

Darla Teagarden - Eclectix Interview

A portrait of Darla by Patrushka

Darla Teagarden is a fabulous mixed media artist – combining the arts of photography, fashion and theater sets to produce some very artful and inspiring shots. Formerly a stylist, model and dancer, her current works are photographic – often hand drawing the backgrounds and using recycled or vintage props. Darla’s works are wonderfully dramatic, peek-a-boo-like window displays into postcard historical fantasies. They are decorative, feminine and tactile – woven vaudeville beauties. She currently lives in Austin, Texas in a blue house with her son, 3 dogs, a dwarf rabbit and a black pot bellied pig.


Darla Teagarden - Eclectix Interview

My favorite art memory from my childhood is….

I loved vacationing in Northern California… fishing and camping in Lake Shasta. I pretended I owned and controlled parts of the ”wild” and tried to ignore the humdrum- Kitsch of non denominational suburban life as an only child back home.

My interest in art/painting started ….

I’ve been a visual artist actively since 2003 , when I was a mixed media painter. Before then, I studied dance, worked in the vintage retail industry and did some modeling.

Darla Teagarden - Eclectix Interview

I am often inspired and motivated by….

Working self taught artists. The majority of successful artists I know had a leg up through supportive artist parents, college etc… But I love someone’s story when it comes , in a way, from left field as a way to be heard and sometimes to survive.

If I could spend the day with any artist (dead or alive) it would be…

 Frida Kahlo. I imagine we would be two peas in a pod. We’d hang out at her Blue house, have a well-made table with lots of food and booze and we would discuss the state of the world.

Darla Teagarden - Eclectix Interview

The tip or art technique (a specific tidbit of craft, advice or mechanical expertise) that has helped me the most is ….

 Don’t be a giant fragile weakling. You are going to suck, so get over it and just DO. Do it, because you have something to say. Don’t fail small, fail big.

If I could own one piece of art, out of the world’s collections, it would be … 

Otto Dix’s Anita Berber.  Anita and the time period in which Otto worked has personal significance to me.

Darla Teagarden - Eclectix Interview

My favorite piece of my own art is….

My next thing, because if you dwell on something that went right, mixed with all the interruption of life ( which we know there are many) you can get lazy or bored.

My ultimate project or fantasy is …

Being paid to travel to shoot and write about amazing people.

Darla Teagarden - Eclectix Interview

The last song I choose to listen to was…

Anna Calvi, Jezebel/Moulinette Single.

The last book I couldn’t put down was….

Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken. I know many talented people, some great, but it doesn’t mean shit to me if they are giant tools. I resepct and admire stories about great souls who survive without trading it all in. Last fiction book that moved me that way, was Middlesex  by Jeffrey Eugenides.

Darla Teagarden - Eclectix Interview

My favorite word is …

Lately.. “Seabiscuit”

I can’t live without …  

Creating. Even if it’s just a collection of beautiful things to look at. Something in the air must always be moving and asking me questions.

Darla Teagarden - Eclectix Interview

It’s not hip, but I really love ….

I’m pretty sure ”not hip” is hip… but I’ll have to choose going to Disneyland. Nothing hip about wearing comfortable shoes, mouse ears, and renting a jazzy to get ahead in lines… if one was so inclined.

Darla Teagarden - Eclectix Interview

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I would live in Spain… So many beautiful people and places.  I’ve always had a love for Barcelona and Madrid..

My favorite motto (or quote) is…

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

by  Anais Nin. Simple and true.

Darla Teagarden - Eclectix Interview


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