Today we’d like to introduce you to Randi Matushevitz.
Randi, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My journey as an artist began in University. I was a chemistry major taking an elective art class, figurative drawing 101. I had little to no previous exposure to visual arts and I thought it would be easy. In actuality it was the opposite. My first figurative drawing lecture was a presentation of old master paintings and the x-rays of what was underneath. I was in awe and simultaneously inspired. The awareness of the changes that these great masters of art continuously made during the creation of their artworks resonated with my search for controlling my own destiny. This moment began my practice.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My artwork practice has spanned nearly twenty years. During that time, I have expressed myself through mixed media 2d and installations comprised of fabricated and found objects and personal ephemera. For many years I created work to uplift humanity through images that pointed to cross cultural connections of humanity, exploring the ways we injest, pacify and nurture. Most recently I have taken my work into the deep darkness of fear and the conundrums of civic indignities to immerse the viewer into a dystopian atmosphere pointing to the underbelly of our society. This work while confronting the viewer with images of homelessness, gun violence and general mania which create discomfort are surround by the visceral beauty of the marks, texture of the layered mediums. This ill-at-ease sense challenges notions of safety, otherness and invisibility. I hope that we will all realize that the illusion of safety and security are often a barrier to hide behind and avoid the horrors that others live. It is up to us to see humankind and do better.
What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Art making is a lonely business. It’s the nature of the beast. That being said, it’s important to reach out to other artists and art professionals. I recommend going to artist talks and curator walk throughs. Don’t be afraid to say hi at an opening to someone you recognize from social media for a coffee. Eventually you will see people again and again. Just be yourself. Go to what you’re interested in. Keep it organic.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Please can see my work in various exhibition spaces. For a more immediate viewing check out my social media, just type randimatushevitz or randimatushevitzart into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. For an over view of my current work and past projects check out my web site: https://www.randimatushevitz.com and subscribe for quarterly news updates.
- Website: www.randimatushevitz.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: #rmatushevitzart
- Facebook: www.facebook/randi,matushevitz
- Twitter: @randimatushevitzart
Main photo: Baha Danesh
All art works created 2017-18, charcoal, pastel, spray paint, acrylic, oil on canvas
Guns Guns Guns, 64.5″ x 108″
Drive By 56″ x 56″
Excuse Me 84″ x 36″
Conundrum, installation view, Gallery 825, Los Angeles Art Association, 2018
Do you see me? … Keep your eyes on the road, 64.5″ x 108″
Keep Out 60″ x 144″
It’s A Joke 84″ x 36″
Crossing Over. 84″ x 36″
Underfire 42″ x 28″
Martin Cox, Artwork, 2017-18, Los Angeles