Passion Never Retires for Randi Matushevitz

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

The surprise of what it will look like in the end. I work intuitively guided by knowledge, experience, purpose and formal issues.


What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Tricky question that has a two-fold answer. 1.To find more joy and meaningful experiences in the seemingly unimportant in daily life. 2. To know that my artwork has reached others and made them think about meaningfulness.


What is my greatest fear?

 That I will die having missed the boat….

 What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?


Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? 

William Kentridge,  Yayoi Kasuma, Kara Walker

What is my greatest extravagance?

Its and extravagance and a necessity – Art materials, space and shipping

On what occasion would I lie?

If I tell you, then it will be hard for me to do it if necessary.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

Overworking the medium or the message. It’s easy to fall into cliché’s or obvious imagery.  

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

This is something that comes and goes not only with artistic environment but specific projects. I am always aware that I am fortunate to be able to pursue my art, whether for myself or for career.  The first time was in graduate school in Miami.  The most recent is now, making art that I am proud of and knowing that I have found my voice and now I will hone in on my practice. 

If I could, what would I change about myself?

The sense of obligation that attaches to certain people or situations. 

What is my greatest achievement in work?

Giving myself permission to listen to my own voice and trust my skills, knowledge and instinct.

Where would I most like to live?

For now, the place is not as important as the quality of the life I am able to lead.  I’ve always dreamed of being able to live an international lifestyle.  For now I am happy with home base being Los Angeles.   

What is my most treasured possession?

My hands and my mind. As far as concrete items, I have the wedding rings of both my grandmothers.  They mean a great deal to me.

What is my most marked characteristic?

Big Wavy Hair

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

Hollywood Hills looking over the city.  Sometimes it feels like you can see to the ocean.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

The Pikey and Don Antonio

What books influenced my life and how?

Siddhartha, Blue Highways and Jonathan Livingston Seagull each presented an individuals journey to self and enlightenment.  I became aware of myself in the world, separate from family and other definitions pushed onto my self-image. 

Who are my favorite writers?

I don’t have just one. 

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Sia, Pink, Miles Davis, Bach, and finally the sounds of nature in my neighborhood.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Anita Blake, Jennifer Jones women who take action. 

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Golda Mayer

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Kill Bill Vol 1. and Vol 2.

What role plays art in my life and work?

It is everything, a life force to be reckoned with.  At first I thought my work would be only for myself, it was like “being in the closet”.  Now I am “out” and loving it.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

Kelli, Sara, Marci, Ashley

Whom would I like to work with in 2017?

Matt Gleason

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017?

Wow… that is a long list.  For now lets choose……Cindy Sherman

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on?

A collective piece in Flashpoints JAI, for the Jerusalem Biennale.  It’s a work that deals with watershed moments and is very challenging because there are four artists, four sections – we each have our own, and four distinctive hands.

Where can you see me or my work in 2017?

I’m in Los Angeles.  My work will be in several shows this year in Los Angeles.  If you are eager now go to, also check out facebook, twitter and instagram. 

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

I have the best career on the planet.  An artist only retires when they die. 

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Diane Williams, Dani Dodge, Kristine Shomaker, Chenhung Chen, Terry Arena, Erika Lizee, Lorainne Bubar, Dwora Fried, Sheli Silvario, Nancy Roby Wise, Bibi Davidson, Malka Nevidi.  I know so many incredible female artists this is only the tip of the iceberg of women who are working and making art everyday.   

How can you contact me? or through my website,

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