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, Interior Hong Kong, Square Mile, The Handbook, Sharp and Ask Men.
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.
When you were growing up what did you want to be? Artist or muse... with a strong astronaut and veterinarian phase.
Name the Place you’d most like to live in? I can't say that I've decided yet.
Seaside or Countryside Seaside
You’re hosting a dinner party what’s your signature dish? I've always been too focused on the next dish I'll make to truly stick with anything long enough to call it a signature... for me, cooking is an ever-moving goal post.
Dogs or Cats? Both, and ideally they get along.
What was your nickname at school? V.
Most influential person in your life? A few years ago, I was lucky enough to enter the orbit of a terrific artist and titan who has deeply touched the way I work and think, as well as being a dear friend.
If you could go back in time to which period would you go to? With a full set of vaccinations, a load of cash and the opposite gender, I'd love to see the Golden Age of the Roman Empire.
Name an Instagram account you follow. @lepetitvoyeur
Favourite Museum or Gallery Tough. The Rijksmuseum, the Frick or the Met.
If money was no object, what luxury item would you buy yourself? A vineyard.