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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My favorite word is …
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.
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.
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.
Link - Darla’s Website & Portfolio
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