Stubble: What’s gotten into with you? What made you smell the winds of change and start drawing fart things so much?
Taylor: Last fall I finally joined Instagram after some well-meaning prodding from friends. I was hesitant to join because I didn’t know what I would share. Everyone’s photos looked so chic. I was intimidated.
The fart drawings gave me permission to be myself. I don’t have to be this person on Instagram who is surrounded by adorable pets, beautiful cuisine, and inspirational phrases. I could just share what I am usually surrounded by — my own gas.
I had also just started a new relationship around the time I began posting. Farting in front of a new romantic partner is always this weird dance where you don’t really know who is leading or what is the rhythm. I think the fart drawings eased my anxiety of farting in front of my girlfriend.
Stubble: What’s you’re (f)artist statement for this project? What do you hope to achieve and how?
Taylor: The drawings are a creative outlet much like flatulates are a physical outlet for my digestive system. It’s important to make art for yourself, so this is my art for fart’s sake. Farts are fun. Everyone makes them. Toots bring people of all backgrounds together.
Stubble: Of the pantheon of work you’ve established in this area, which have been your favorite? Which the most painful?
Taylor: My personal favorite is probably the one where I’m chanting an incantation to ward off a fresh fart from following me into a room. I enjoyed drawing the fingers.
The most painful illustration was probably whichever was the most recent. With most of my art, I experience temporary postpartum depression after I share something that I made with the world.
Stubble: Would you consider yourself, personally, a very good or prolific farter? Who are some other farters you admire?
Taylor: I fart often but I don’t want people think that I have a problem. Make sure you emphasize that point. Maybe do a pull quote of “I do not have a fart problem.” ? It all depends on the setting.
There are a lot great bean blowers who came before me but my dad is the best. He has an iconic “I just farted” look which leaves bystanders with the impression that he is just as shocked as everyone else that he beefed. This involves him throwing his hands up, staring blankly into space, and doing a squiggly-lined frown. He also taught me how to pass the gas blame on children, old people, and small animals.
Stubble: Are your friends and loved ones as enthusiastic? Are they rooting, are they tooting for you and your art?
Taylor: My friends love to express their enthusiasm by sharing fart-related links with me. They are very generous. Thank you all for your support!
Stubble: How do you choose what color and texture to make your farts in drawings?
Taylor: When depicting my air bagels, I rely heavily on the use of sombre, smokey browns, a muted toot palette that I believe is effective in suggesting tragedy and pain. The farts I portray are neutral and allow the viewer’s eye to be lead to the subject, emphasizing the emotional tension he experiences with every butt rocket. The subject undergoes shame and relief, rapture, and sacrifice.
Stubble: What do you wish the readers of stubble knew about passing gas? How would you ideally like to see the field develop in the coming decades in America?
Taylor: I want them to know that it’s okay to cut the cheese. Everyone breaks wind, so why not use flatulates to build camaraderie and community? Also, no one likes a fart snob.