Tayla Haggarty’s practice is fixated on exploring the complex question of how one can effectively represent the lesbian erotic. These investigations take form through collaboration, performance, installation and sculpture. The work often employs queer and feminist tactics to formally articulate and archive lived experience. The materials used include 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 use humour as a tactic to engage viewers. This use of humour aims to break down the serious topics surrounding sexuality and relationship politics, further making the experiences that form the foundation of the practice more relatable to those outside the queer community.
Haggarty is a co-director of CLUTCH collective and is one half of the collaborative duo Parallel Park. Recently completing their Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) degree at the Queensland University of Technology in 2015, graduating with first class and two academic prizes. They have exhibited locally within various group shows at spaces such as Metro Arts, Cut Thumb ARI, Box copy, The Laundry and has had solo shows at Oral ARI and Kunstbunker ARI. Haggarty has also shown interstate and internationally at FELT space in Perth and at the Ildiko Butler Gallery in New York.