Lost Children Found: Lauren Guymer

Words - Rebecca Mery Photos - Evan Mery and Courtesy of Artist

What have you done so far today? 

I had a li’l bit of a sleep in, and then drove up to Melbourne Arts Club Gallery. I worked on a few admin things and looked after the gallery as part of my internship. After I dodged all the annoying drivers on the highway home, I de-stressed by continuing an illustration piece in my studio. A pretty good day doing fun art related stuff.

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What gets you up in the morning? 

Ughh the alarm on my phone, I set a nice ring tone for it ages ago so I would wake up to a nice light tune, but I still get angry at it haha. A bit of Special K, coconut milk and banana is good too.

Image courtesy of Lauren Guymer

Your art has an otherworldly, space-like quality to it – what attracts you to these landscapes? 

That’s a hard one for me to explain in words, which is why I turn to art to explore my ideas. I’m highly inspired by nature and love to be outdoors, so my art is a reflection of this. I like to put an imaginative edge into my work, and I recently became fascinated with vintage sci-fi landscapes and outer space. Surrealist artworks are a big influence too; I like being able to create something that takes the viewer to another place.

Favourite sci-fi piece of pop culture? 

I’m not that educated in science fiction, and my interest has only grown recently. So I don’t really have a favourite yet. I have a bunch of saved images on my laptop under ‘drawing inspiration’ and I blog images though tumblr (www.sci-fern.tumblr.com). You’ll find a heap that depicts mountains, planets, plants, rivers, and land formations. When I hit a mental block, or if I’m starting a new drawing, I often look there for inspiration.

Starmaker, early 1980s, by Steve R Dodd.

 

Group of Lunar Mountains, Ideal Lunar landscape, Plate XXIII from The moon, 1874, By James Nasmyth

Do you listen to music while you work? If so, do the tunes ever seep into your work?

Yeah music is a huge part of my life. I don’t think there has ever been a time when I don’t have music playing while I’m drawing. It definitely seeps into my work, especially when I’m trying to think of something imaginative. Music also helps a lot when it’s 11pm and I need the stimulation and energy. Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma is especially good for my drawing style, it’s crazy and experimental, and goes beyond what anyone else has done.

What's your creative process like? Do you have a routine you stick to?

I’ve stepped it up a bit lately with my routine, where I try to get into the studio daily – whether it’s to continue a piece or to get a quick idea down. If I skip a day without doing anything creative it feels weird. I’m super productive at night-time, once I finish work and come home and everything is organised for the day, I can relax and concentrate on my art. I head into the studio, turn on some music and get working. I also take a few breaks from all the endless line and dot work, so you might find me stretching it out, hanging out with my pets, or looking at plants.

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If you weren't creating art, what would you be doing? 

I’d probably be really confused and applying for a science degree. Haha joking, I already did that. After finishing uni and travelling, last year I did a semester in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. Some of it was cool and I wish it had worked, but it was really hard for someone that has never done science beyond year 10, so I was pretty terrible. I’d like to apologise to my group from the Cells and Genes class, I lied about knowing what I was doing and I’m sorry I made us look ridiculous. I still remember writing out a sentence for my primary school graduation yearbook, where I said that I’d grow up to be an artist. I think I’ll stick with it

If you had entrance music or a theme song, what would it be? 

I don't know! That’s hard. Maybe I’d have a playlist of all the music I like, including The Doors, Mac Demarco, and Simon and Garfunkel.

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