Watercolors on Paper, 2009
Today we speak to Tara Marynowsky, a Sydney based artist.
Yanda: Tell us about yourself and what you do.
Tara Marynowsky. I’m a Sydney based artist. I work with watercolour paints most of the time.
For any readers unfamiliar with your art, how would you describe it?
I make artwork that features haunting characters, shapes and narratives.
What daily routines you cannot do without?
Going on Youtube and coffee.
Which is your favourite piece of work?
Today I like ‘Spies With Eyes’.
Why do you choose to use water based inks as opposed to other mediums?
Watercolour has always been there for me. I started using watercolours when I was about 11 years old and it’s been a stable medium for me ever since. I had a big break from them for around 5 years but when I got back into them it was a perfect fit and so enjoyable.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Seems like I can see a lot of carnival, circus elements.
My work originates from my research of history, folklore, folk art and past fashions. Lots of strange characters have emerged, some do seem to look as though they have just run away with a circus. I am also interested in theatrical scenes and costumes so these elements often emerge in my work.
Your work seems whimsical yet is ghastly at the same time.
Yes I guess so, I love things that have a dark side to them but are also incredibly beautiful. The first time I went to big galleries like the Louvre I was totally amazed at how frightening a lot of the big lavish paintings were but also so beautiful.
Any role models and heroes?
I don’t have a major role model but there are lots of artists at the moment who I admire for their work and success, some that come to mind are – Allison Schulnik, Nathalie Djurberg, John Waters, David Hockney, Blexbolex, Pierre Marie.
Wallflower Series, 2011
Helter Skelter Series, 2010
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t think too much.
What’s the biggest tourist attraction in your city?
Ah, probably the Opera House and Harbour Bridge in Circular Quay…and then it would be Bondi Beach…all are amazing and major beauties.
What place in the world most inspires you and why?
Paris is the most amazing place I have been to…there’s so much to do and see and there is always a reason to go back again. I always manage to miss something there…next time I have to go to the Gustave Moreau Museum.
What are three things you are obsessed with at the moment?
Ornate objects and design. Craftsmanship. Time.
If you had an extra hour each day what would you do with it?
I would love an extra hour so much…I would keep busy working, painting.
What is one thing you want to see or do before you die?
So many things to do like make some films, create more work, but the most important one is to see my little boy Chester grow up. He’s almost 1 and a half now!
Spies With Eyes
What websites do you use for inspiration?
This is my absolute favourite web destination: http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com.au/ and Peacay’s flickr site is amazing too: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bibliodyssey/
View more of Tara’s works at http://www.taramarynowsky.com/.