Thursday, October 6, 2011

Goth Challenge, Day 23 (part 1)

Day 23 – Your favourite artist or photographer.

I've decided to split this into two separate posts - favorite artist/photographer (more  modern) and favorite artist/art movement (classical).

My favorite contemporary photographer/artist is Darla Teagarden. The lovely and talented Ms. Teagarden has lived an interesting and eccentric life, and her experiences combined with her natural talent have created an outstanding mixed media artist.

Darla Teagarden

A bit about Darla Teagarden (from her official bio):
  • Darla began as stylist in San Francisco in the 1990s and then for FAD Magazine in Île-de-France.
  • She became a historical cabaret dancer for the Goethe Institute of San Francisco portraying a Wiemar dancer named, Anita Berber. These series of productions, Staring German singer Nina Hagen, were choreographed by Martha Graham, Marni Wood, and directed by Voluptuous Panic author, Mel Gordan.
  • Darla was also a part-time production designer, vintage clothing buyer , published writer, a part-time model in both the United States and Germany.
  • In 2003 she delved into mixed media on canvas showing in New Orleans' French Quarter, New York's Woodstock Art Fest and Austin, Texas Continental Gallery, Gallery Lombardi and Guadalupe Gallery. 
  • By March 2007, she was lead to photography and began mixing her trades and interests into one medium. 
Doll Maker, Christy Kane by Darla Teagarden
    • Each image tells a personal dream - story but also leaves the viewer room to impart their own experience and ideas...a cross between perceptual and conceptual.
    • Her images hark back to souvenir portraiture, theatrical vignettes and even the art of window display.  
    • These scenes are accomplished largely by hand: drawn backgrounds, painted mythical body, and paper clothing or up-cycled materials 
    • Her images are primarily inspired by children's literature, her work in theatre arts, pop surrealism, and in part, the Southern Gothic genre. 
    Liz McGrath, Artist and
    Singer for Miss Derringer
    by Darla Teagarden
    I have had the pleasure of knowing Darla Teagarden for the better part of the past decade. She is one of the most amazing people I have ever known. She is also a caring and supportive friend.

    It was an exciting time when she began mixing photography with her other artistic skills. Those of us who knew her got to see her talent blossoming and we all knew it wouldn't be long before she'd become a well-known name in the art world. Sure enough, she's been appearing in art galleries, magazines and Web sites with more frequency and each time with a higher profile.

    In the fall of 2007, I visited Darla in Austin with some mutual friends and was fortunate enough to have some pictures done by her.

    Take some time and peruse the beauty on her Web site: - you won't regret it!

      1 comment:

      1. Wow, amazing...and how great you had some taken by Darla too. I love Natalie Shau, here's my post a while back including some of her photography Favourite artists is a tough one, I love Pre-Raphaelite and Gustav Klimt, actually too many to choose from thinking about it :)