How did you meet?
Lara: I was working for Dark Mofo in Hobart and was looking inside Scotts crematorium on my first day of work. I was curating an event called The Funeral Party at Scott's family funeral business and he asked me if I wanted to take a look inside 'The Big Scone Cooker'.
Scott: I first met Lara in 2016 whilst working on a project for Dark Mofo, called the Funeral Party. I was the funeral director she was arts director.
What were your immediate impressions?
Lara: At first I was intimidated, I was in a conservative space looking at a guy in a three piece suit, and I was asking him if we could party on his beige carpets. But within minutes we were sharing laughs.
Scott: My first impressions of Lara were that she looked a bit scared as we met in a funeral chapel. Lara also seemed like a quiet, personable type.
What compelled you to work with each other?
Lara: I felt like Scott was a natural story-teller and had a wicked sense of humour. He also had an insight into a world I was so curious about. It is so hard to find first-hand knowledge about the death industry I had a million questions, from what fragrances he sprays on the deceased to if people forget to pick up ashes, to what the profit margins on coffins are.
Scott: I think Lara said she wanted to make work about death and funerals during in our first week together. She asked me to do a small performance at the Funeral Party. I was compelled to give it a go as I’d never shared my experiences of the funeral world in a performance before, and well, I am up for giving most things a go at least once.