Dara Vandor received a BA from McGill in Art History. Her work is held in public and private collections in North America and Europe, and has been exhibited in London, Los Angeles, Toronto and Montreal. She has been featured by Harper’s Bazaar, the Telegraph and Ask Men among others.
‘It’s all pen. Everything I do begins and ends with tiny crosshatched strokes of pen on canvas. Nothing more, nothing less. No paint, no photography. Just pen. The medium itself seems ordinary: it produces small, intimate gestures, being a tool most of us use often, for daily tasks. Yet when tens of thousands of tiny strokes are marshalled en masse, they begin to assume a life of their own.
What is it about lingerie that has the power to transform, to excite? What is it about a few scraps of lace and silk that can whip us into a frenzy to possess it, to display it, even to just glimpse it? Small and mostly hidden, seen only by ourselves or through intimacy, it is simultaneously able to conceal, contain, perform and delight.
It is my hope that these drawings can remind us of past loves or desires yet to be explored. Perhaps they can remind us of who we would like to be, or what we attempt to cover up. Much like works of art, lingerie can occupy spaces of both function and fantasy. For me, this makes it an ideal subject through which to explore desire, femininity and memory. Through this series of drawings, an effort has been made to render that most personal portrait — with the intimacy of the private simultaneously shared.’ – Dara Vandor