My latest series is now in store at Bow & Arrow!

15 Whistler St, Manly - exhibiting until mid May x

My dear friend Katie asked me some questions and wrote this lovely piece. She’s a gem —-


It Takes One To Draw One - Interview with Sydney artist Taylor Conacher

Freckles dot her pale complexion.
The young artist stares intently into
her mug, as though she was a seer
and it were full of tealeaves. Silver
rings sit loosely on her fingers and
she has a collection of beaded string
bracelets tied around both wrists.
Her lips are painted crimson. She
tucks a strand of light ginger hair
behind her ear and I catch her
lavender scent. Sitting opposite, it
is difficult not to notice similarities
between Taylor Conacher and the
waiflike subjects of her most recent
series.

“I think females feature a lot because
I can relate to them, they are shy girls with self conscious mannerisms usually hiding their eyes.”

Taylor keeps her gaze downward as she speaks of “her girls”. They are brought to life in A Field Guide to Getting Lost as delicate watercolour and pencil sketches. In the two larger pieces of the series, their naked shoulders morph into charcoal mountains that appear to be suspended somewhere in a dream. The tips of the girls’ heads are incomplete as they become one with the white landscape.

This hybridity of humanity and nature is a favoured theme for Conacher, who grew up on the coastal beaches and bush land of Central New South Wales. In 2013 she completed a commissioned series for florist Octopus’s Garden that comprised Laith McGregor-like tree men. To accompany her characters Conacher dreams up childish tales of their creation that illustrate humanity’s codependency with nature.

“Nature is the most beautiful thing, I think it’s very pure and quite innocent. Like my girls- it’s vulnerable and you want to protect it.”

Six smaller landscape sketches accompany the two portraits. Conacher’s background in textiles and design emerges in the subtle embroidery hand sewn into the sides of the mountains, the zigzag lines reminiscent of Stanislava Pinchuk’s constellations. More abstract in form these pieces are reflective of the direction she hopes to move with her artwork.

A Field Guide to Getting Lost is the result of a month long trip through the West Coast of America. Conacher’s eyes alight when she speaks of the arid beauty of the Nevada desert and the breathtaking lookouts along the Big Sur coastline. An adventurous spark ignites her soft-spoken demeanor.

“When I was travelling I never had the time to sit down and draw, so, when I came back I was itching to get all these ideas down.”

I for one am itching to see what Conacher does next.

A Field Guide to Getting Lost is currently on display at Bow and Arrow Studio in Manly. The exhibition runs until the end of April.

a field guide to getting lost

— a new series to be exhibited at Bow and Arrow, Manly —

stitching mountains
restless night, chest tight
4th Apr 201404:261 note
morning light /// work in progress
a week of deadlines begins
where I’d rather be 
mountain cloak
slowly settling into the new abode 
30th Mar 201403:301 note
4th Jan 201403:402 notes
shaky hands
- pollen eyes -
Opaque  by  andbamnan