Tayla Haggarty’s practice is fixated on exploring the complex question of what constitutes a lesbian feminist artwork, and more specifically, how one can effectively represent the personal lesbian erotic. These investigations take form through collaboration, performance, installation and sculpture. The work typically explores how the lesbian feminist identity can be translated and constructed through materials, to formally articulate and archive lesbian experience. The works often employ industrial or ready-made materials that when constructed within the space, are arranged to heighten the elements of tension and balance and the components of ‘sameness’. These undertakings are often habitually minimal, site specific and employ humour as a tactic to engage viewers. This use of humour aims to break down the serious topics surrounding lesbian sexuality and relationship politics, further making the experiences that form the foundation of the practice more relatable to those outside the queer community.
Tayla is a co-director of CLUTCH collective and is one half of the collaborative duo Parallel Park. Recently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree at the Queensland University of Technology in 2015, Tayla graduated with first class and two academic prizes. She has exhibited locally within various artist run initiatives such as Cut Thumb ARI, Box copy and having solo shows at Oral ARI and Kunstbunker ARI. Tayla has also shown interstate and internationally at FELT space in Perth and at the Ildiko Butler Gallery in New York.