Happy Haunts: a spooky extravaganza
Kirstin Payne | On 25, Oct 2013
With Halloween fast approaching we revisit animated, fun and down right gorgeous local artist, Lauren CarneyÂ to talk about her upcomingÂ exhibition ‘Happy Haunts’.
FeaturingÂ classic pop culture horror icons andÂ originalÂ spooky characters with a Victorian zest, the exhibition is sure to delight even the most scaredy of cats.
“In a nutshell unicorns, vampires, bats, skeleton bunnies and babes play a big role in this launch,” said Lauren about her exhibition, openingÂ November 2nd (day of theÂ dead).
“It’sÂ always been something that has stimulated me creatively. I think any arty person flourishes when it comes to Burton Films and bad 80s scary movies. I just thought it was a perfect time to get into the festive side of things â€“ and drawing babes with ghosts is no better way then to tickle my creative pickle.”
And tickle her pickleÂ she has, with worksÂ featured inÂ Peppermint Mag, Brisbane Writers Fest, Frankie, Thaw Mag, andÂ the Courier Mail to name a few.
Lauren’s illustration’s have seemingly exploded throughout the creative stratosphere landing inÂ marketsÂ acrossÂ Brisbane.
Her mostÂ recent conquest, theÂ shores ofÂ pop cultureÂ fandom that is the Supanova festival.
“The Supernova marketsÂ are just amazing! I think my inner nerd can be free and have a fun time with all the other folk. I donâ€™t have to worry too much about how I will come off to other people. I can just be my unusual self, sell all the wonderful things to wonderful people! Itâ€™s just great.”
Holding herÂ last show onlyÂ three months prior, Lauren hasÂ somehow found time toÂ create over 50 new works for theÂ ‘Happy Haunts’ exhibition.Â TheÂ audienceÂ are invited on an exploration into the personalities behind each wonderfully kooky characterÂ featured in the works.
“I always find recurring characters seem to weasel their way into my artwork. For a while a girl with long red hair and deer antlers would always turn up in pictures. But recently Iâ€™ve found, Iâ€™ll be doing drawings and if Iâ€™m thinking about someone, the pictures will always turn out like them. On of my best friends is obsessed with rabbits and is blonde, and I find little blonde girls with rabbits have been my new thing.”
If this collection ofÂ colour and creativity sounds like your type of spooky spector pleaseÂ take note:
When: Saturday, November 2, 6pm.
Where:Â The Rabbit Hole Ideation Cafe, 22 Agnes Street, Brisbane