I am Lolita Matsui and I am artist.
Describe your most productive day?
Watching an entire season of friends in one sitting. But relating to work, I wake up around 10 am and hit the studio all day until I’m done with the piece I’m working on. Some Mexican coke and tacos somewhere in there, but mostly a lot of physical pain, some Taylor Swift and dark written thoughts destroying beautiful faces.
You did three years in Product Design and graduated in Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design, what was the best and worst aspect of your education?
There were a lot of things I didn't like about Parsons. Parsons is one of the best schools in the world that runs like a little factory creating horrible people with amazing talent. During my four years there I had a lot of issues with many professors because of creative differences; they wanted me to make sellable products, and I wanted to make chairs that made people feel uncomfortable.
When I moved to Fine Arts I was finally able to explore every little corner of my creative brain. So that was the good. My teachers were so open to all of my crazy ideas, even one possibly involving working with human skin. My background in product design did influence a lot of the physicality of my artwork. I had a good and bad time but I wouldn’t change anything about it. I’d do it all over again.
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Tell us some interesting facts about your college experience in New York City as an artist?
If I could remember I would. Being in school in NYC was an amazing experience, not only are you “learning” things inside the classroom but the whole city teaches you everything you need to know. As an artist I was very influenced and inspired by nightlife, the drunken model crying in a corner, the creepy older man trying to seduce a 16 year old girl, walking home drunk in a leather jacket and ripped jeans in the middle of the coldest winter, seeing a homeless man sleeping on the snow, everything about the city was so inspiring to me. I tried to absorb as much as I could as fast as I could, and that I did.
What language do you wish you spoke fluently? Why?
Cetacean- for traveling purposes.
If you had the chance to change something in your industry what would it be?
Everything. The art industry has changed so much in the past couple of years, it’s hard to pin point what I’d change. With social media so powerful, artists in the middle of nowhere are getting amazing exposure and opportunities, but at the same time the art world has become so much about following and “trendiness” it’s as absurd and abusive as the fashion world. The industry selects the “it” artist and they ride high for a couple of years and then thrown into oblivion. It’s not about the talent and the mind of the artist anymore; it’s about the money and the show.
Sophistication is monochromatic simplicity.
Art photographed by Geoff Moore