Meet Catherine Feliz, artist assistant!
So, what made you decide to intern with The LP? How does the internship relate to your studies?
The Laundromat Project has been doing amazing work in Harlem, where I live. That is how I first heard of The LP. I instantly became inspired to propel my own community-based art projects forward and knew I had another kindred spirit in the Art World. I decided to intern with The LP to learn more about how artist development and neighborhood determination are happening outside of institutional structures.
At SUNY Purchase College of Art & Design I focus my time between Photography, Video, and Art History. I am also active in my campus community as the Co-General Programming Coordinator for student events, and a founding member of an art collective soon to be curating art shows & public happenings by radical artists of color. Working as an Artist Assistant for The LP, I will get to see the highs and lows of propelling community-based creative projects forward.
Do you have your own creative practice? If so, tell us more!
I was always writing poetry as a child, but I really became aware of my artistic talent when I came across a flyer for teen photo classes and lured my mom into signing me up. Four years of attending Teen Academy at the International Center of Photography truly opened me up to a world I did not know I could reach outside and within myself.
Can you tell us about an artist or project that has inspired you?
So many artists have impacted me with their work, and a few I have had the chance to meet. I have been immensely inspired through the opportunity to be a Studio Intern for Wangechi Mutu. Witnessing how she maintains a professional staff & studio, and builds upon an idea by honoring her creative instinct gives me hope that I too can be a woman with a visionary mission. Wangechi also genuinely cares about people and her kindness is undeniable. It is good to know that integrity and good vibes are not completely lost in the art world. [Click here to read The LP interview with Wangechi Mutu – Ed.]
What is your favorite… film? …album? …food?
Film: I could go on for hours but some of my favorite films are Space Is The Place, Match Factory Girl, Polyester, Down by Law, Baby Boy, Fellini’s Satyricon, and The Watermelon Woman.
Album: My favorite albums of the year have to be Asase Yaa by OSHUN and Full Communism by Downtown Boys. If you have not heard them go download them right now! You will taste the sweetness of reclaiming freedom on your own terms. They exemplify the sentiments of our generation which I do not see captured anywhere else.
Food: Dominican food raised me, I love it: platanos, mangos, moro negro and pernil. However, I still miss working on a homestead and preparing foods fresh from a harvest—there is no substitute. I have not traveled much but I can assure you that Northern California has one of the best cuisines in the world.
Where do you do your laundry?
We have always had a washing machine in the apartment but I do have fond childhood memories of playing around with my best friend at a laundromat on 160th St. & Amsterdam (I think it has since closed down).
In your opinion, why does art matter?
Art matters because we are all artists with the power to create and affect the worlds we live in.