Shae Myles's new series, a very large pang, then warm tears on my cheeks, aims to capture the fears, anxieties and complexities of childhood that can follow us into adulthood.
To celebrate the release of this new series, we sat down with Shae to get to know them a bit better.
Shop the new drawings HERE!
SP: What do you love most about the work you've created?
SM: I love the research stages of creating. Learning new things and expanding my knowledge really drives me, and putting that into practice is really rewarding. I love finding new books, poetry, music and films that help fuel my work, as well as unlocking childhood memories (recently I was reminded about a game I used to LOVE playing as a kid, called "tummy ache" bc someone said my drawings reminded them of it! Which is so funny because I literally hadn't thought of it since I was about 9 or 10 years old.
In terms of my outputs, I love playing with colour and building characters. Both physically and in my drawings. Colour is so important to my practice, as I often use it as a way of masking more serious, suggestive themes. Character building is something I love to do because it allows me to express my ideas under a guise, and with more confidence.
SP: What historical figure do you most identify with (must be dead!)?
I've always loved the work of Hilma af Klint!!
SP: What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Dancing in a room full of my closest friends :)
SP: What makes you stop and look at a work of art?
Bold!!! If it has bold delicious bubbly colours, I'll be hooked!
SP: What makes you fall in love with a work of art?
I will always go back to a piece if there is an air of familiarity around it. If it triggers something in me, regardless of whether this is sweet or sour. I also really love it if the familiarity isn't instantly recognisable, something softer and difficult to pin down.
SP: What do you consider the most overrated subject matter in art?
"femininity" or "beauty" - let's switch it up ppl!!!!
SP: What talent would you most like to have?
I'd love to be able to write music!!!
SP: How would you most like to die?
Check out more of Shae's work HERE.