Daisy Parris Interview
MOTIFS & PROCESSES
Stars and rocks are motifs you frequently use in your works. Are these symbols attached to any spiritual connotations?
To me, they are both symbols of the body, mind, history, and energy. A star is an energy and a rock is an energy just as a body is an energy. They all have a physical presence, but have energy and history beyond their physicality.
Are your works autobiographical? Do you consider these recurring symbols as self-portraits?
I guess it’s all about me in the sense that I live for art and painting. I’ve sort of detached from making my work too sentimental or directly related to me in hope that people can relate to it on a wider scale. At the same time, I’m completely open about some things in my painting, but I can view them in distance from my own self and in relation to other people.
Creating fantasy clubs is a fundamental aspect of your practice. From the “Two Eyes Club”, the “Ugly Bitch Club” or the recently designed “Body Club”, how important is the sense of belonging for you?
I just think that if you don’t feel part of something, then make something on your own that you do feel part of. My clubs are all inclusive of feminist, good energy, hard working people. At the same time, if you don’t feel included in my club just go make your own, that’s what’s good about clubs. The thing is, I’m the only member in these clubs anyway, they’re all fantasy really, but they give me a strength because if you’ve got a club, then it’s like you’ve got a whole army behind you.
Collaboration with other artists is essential in your practice. Could you explain further your collaborative works with artists Laurie Vincent and Katie Jordan?
Me and Laurie have been collaborating for a few years now. We met in college, and went on to share a studio together. We did a painting together one day at the studio, and it just clicked. Our styles work well together and the DIY work ethic is very important to us. Collaborating has allowed us to take risks in painting, and has allowed me to paint things that I would be scared of painting on my own. Me and Katie have been drawing and painting together since we met, it’s our go to happy place. We’ve both been painting and drawing room-scapes lately, so it seemed natural and inevitable to collaborate on some pieces together. I always end up being quite delicate in our collaborations, which is funny because I’m super heavy handed. It’s my dream that I could make work like Katie’s. I just look at it sometimes and I’m so just in awe.
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