The Fifth Sense, a collaborative project between the British art, fashion and culture magazine i-D and Chanel, is an online platform that celebrates female creativity. Last month, it featured the work of CalArts student Darcy Haylor (Art BFA 17).
“Enter the Dream World of Darcy Haylor,” features several of Haylor’s images, which are awash in color. Haylor counts filmmakers such as Gaspar Noe and Czech director Vera Chytilová—as well as photographers Corrine Day and Paolo Roversi, Nan Goldin and polaroid photographer Sarah Moon—among her influences.
Combining inspiration she finds in both cinema and images that create narrative, her work illustrates truthful moments between people, stories, and youth; the eternal flame of which dances brightly throughout. A definite motive in her images, youth is distinguished in the bright, bold and often blurred colors to create a defining aesthetic. The best part of being young for Darcy is freedom and, “the idea of not having a consistent routine or regime, breaking molds and boundaries. It’s a shame when youth is rejected or understated, because a young mind is very special. We have this ability to be rebellious and look at the world differently.”
The fourth-year Photography and Media student credits her time at CalArts for teaching her to adopt a more experimental and collaborative outlook toward her art practice. “CalArts’ environment has enabled me to produce works that bridge my interests in analog photography as well as video art, media, collage and sound,” she writes in an email. “For past and current works here, I’ve realized that possibilities are endless and anything can be utilized or incorporated into both process and aesthetic. Nothing has to be binding or fixated to one sole medium.”