Interview Lee Materazzi

Through creating scenes for the camera, I explore and challenge social roles around gender and parenting. My work itself rejects being defined. It isn’t just a photograph or a sculpture, and though at times there is a lot of painting, but it isn’t that either. All the materials I use are solely for the sake of unraveling the preconceived myths about them.



I covered myself in house paint because, “Everyone knows that if you paint a human being entirely with house paint (she) will live, as long as you don’t paint the bottom of (her) feet”- Miranda July, No One Belongs Here More Than You.

In one work, jugs of fingerpaint are balanced between my thighs, dripping abstract marks onto the floor. The work exists through painting, sculpture, performance and photography, in relation to gender and social roles.

When I was in high school I started with photography to document and activate sculptures I was making. My interest in photography has always been in setting up scenes in front of the camera. In 2005, I received my BFA in sculpture from Central St. Martins in London. During this time I bought my first medium format camera and taught myself how to use it. I continued exploring the cross-over between sculpture, performance and photography in Miami. Here, my work was focused on identity and emotional displacement. Now, I live in San Francisco, raising my kids and making art.

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