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IV At some point during the interview Daryl mentioned in passing something about not being familiar with fashion. It came so far out of left field that it stopped me dead in my proverbial tracks. I wanted to ask him to expound on this, but because he was answering an altogether different question I put it off for later. A good hour or so later, after he has answered my questions about his life growing up and his decision to take up Engineering instead of Fine Arts and his many methods to madness, I get back to this particular. I asked him, if he’s not familiar with fashion, why is it the recurring theme for his works? “I’m not the fashionable type of person, yet I’m fascinated by it,” Daryl explains to me. “The chaos, the glamour, the lifestyle, as well the art itself: The elaborate clothes, colors, structure and patterns. I like it and [I am] a fan of it, [but] it doesn’t reflect on me physically. So I show it in my work instead.” And there it is again, that contradiction of themes. A curious brand of irony in play. The art of Daryl Feril, whether or not he knows it, whether or not he is aware of it, is rooted in contrast, thrives in it, lives by it. The way through which he deals with sadness is drawing overflowing foliage, blooming florals and vibrant

colors. He draws beautiful women with sad eyes, represents animal cruelty with stunning artworks. He said it best, himself. “There’s more to it than just florals and vibrant colors. I want people to look deeper into it, leave them guessing how the subject is feeling.” VII During this part of the story it is commonplace to end with either a dying-fall sentence tying everything up with a tiny bow or with one last paragraph offering you the moral lesson to the story, tell you one last time the general implication of this piece, reassure you that this two thousand some word story you’ve just read was worth your while. But I’ve always had the impression that art should never be studied, or at least in great depth. The art of Daryl Feril already speaks for itself, and I may or may have done it slight writing this piece in the first place. (Have I underplayed it? Overplayed it? Did I stress enough the points that need stressing?) They are beautiful art pieces, great art pieces, art pieces I could have been making but do not, and that is all there is to say about them, really, because expatriates have no legitimate s ay in the land in which they do not belong.

Stache October 2013  

Fashion issue with fashion illustrator Daryl Feril on the cover. Also featuring Sunny Gu, Karolina Debosz, articles on routines, introspecti...