56. Lee Materazzi

Categories: 100 Creatives
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Courtesy of Lee Materazzi
56. Lee Materazzi
Considering Lee Materazzi's photos (which often involve edible items), it's no surprise that the artist is a fan of food. She enjoys cooking and eating, and, apparently, lots of both. Food, however, is more of a hobby for her. Art is the profession.

Many of her photographs are self-portraits. Both amusing and striking, they show the artist placed in uncomfortable situations, sometimes with food smeared on her face or with her head in Tupperware. She wasn't her own first subject, however, and after photographing family and friends in awkward positions, they often told Materazzi that she should know what it felt like for herself. She took the challenge.

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Lee Materazzi
Though it might seem that her art makes feminist commentary, Materazzi notes that although it addresses a woman's perspective, her own, it doesn't come from a feminist place. Rather, her images are a commentary on the mundane.

Currently living in San Francisco, the artist's work is based out of Miami and produced here. She has been with Spinello Gallery for six years, and has had multiple solo shows there, including 2010's "Feels Like Home."

Next, Materazzi will be showing at Art Los Angeles Fair, January 27 to 30, where she will have plumbing installed to expand upon her installation Mother, which involves a working washing machine placed in a gallery setting.


1. List five things that inspire you.

I am inspired by everyday life, and the humor and irony that can unexpectedly arise within it. Ordinary routines and objects within my daily life: a chair, a favorite blouse, a living room, or simply eating breakfast in the morning. I'm interested in how such everyday places can represent larger obstacles, and in turn, their effect on us. The work of other artists, whether it be a historically acclaimed artist or an impromptu sculpture created by friend's five-year-old son.

2. What was your last big project?

I installed a working washing machine at Spinello Gallery for my last solo show in May. This piece will move to ArtLA in January and hopefully to a lot of diverse contexts in its lifetime. One day I would like to see it as an outdoor sculpture where the public can engage with it and do their laundry in a location such as a city square.

3. What's your next big project?

Right now... I'm in experimentation mode. There are a lot of things brewing but I'm trying to refrain from making a final product at this point. 
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Lee Materazzi

4. Why do you do what you do?

I get excited about breaking up my everyday routine, both with the actions of making the work that I do and then the questions that the end result can pose. I'm kind of addicted to this disruption. 

5. What's something you want Miami to know about you? What's something you don't want Miami to know about you? 
 
I can't say that I have anything specific that I would want to portray or hide about myself. However, both the things that I openly embrace and suppress are most likely apparent in the work that I make.


The Creatives so far:

57. Karla Garcia
58. Anna Mixon
59. Octavio Campos
60. P. Scott Cunningham
61. Elena Garcia

62. Summer Hill
63. Autumn Casey
64. Juan Navarro
65. Serge Toussaint
66. David Rohn
67. Diane Brache
68. Spencer Morin
69. James Anthony
70. Jim Drain
71. Claudia Calle
72. Kevin Arrow

73. Andrew Hevia
74. Ana Mendez
75. Michael McKeever
76. Diana Lozano
77. Ricardo Pau-Llosa
78. Agustina Woodgate
79. Tarell Alvin McCraney
80. Jennifer Kronenberg
81. Farley Aguilar
82. Colin Foord
83. Karelle Levy
84. Matt Gajewski
85. Antonia Wright
86. Allen Charles Klein
87. Christy Gast
88. Gustavo Matamoros
89. Shareen Rubiera-Sarwar

90. Kyle Trowbridge
91. Clifton Childree
92. Jessica Gross
93. Danny Brito
94. Nektar de Stagni
95. Anthony Spinello
96. Vanessa Garcia
97. Justin Long
98. Rosie Herrera
99. Rick Falcon

100. Ingrid B


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