MITRA IS AN ARTIST BASED IN LOS ANGELES. SHE USES THE BODY TO EXPLORE ARCHITECTURE AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT. DISCOVER MORE READING THE INTERVIEW.
When did you decide to dedicate yourself to art?
When I realized it made for good therapy – Papa bless intuition!
Do you work alone or with someone?
Both, I like lonely and non-lonely time. I have a solo exhibition up in Seoul now. Derek Paul Jack Boyle and I have also worked closely together, he’s an incredible painter.
What can you tell us about your exhibition in Seoul?
It’s called Filthy Middles – about the stuck feeling between cleanliness and filth. I’ve been sitting in that feeling for a while… sweating five minutes after I’ve had a shower. It’s an attempt to learn from the crud instead of just fighting it – to enjoy the intimacy that a dirty thing requires to make it clean. The show is 13 new videos of these ideas. The curator Jinho Lim and the team at the gallery, Out_Sight, have been extraordinary. And I’ve really enjoyed my time in Korea – a delicious country.
What prompted you to open the Meatwreck IG account?
Meatwreck is a project of Derek Paul Jack Boyle and me. We met online through our art, and when I moved to LA it felt natural to make work together – plus our names are good scrambled together.
What job did you want to do as a child?
A psychiatrist – I have my bachelor’s in neuroscience.
Are your works for sale? What was your first customer?
Yes, my videos are collected, and prints of Meatwreck images are available online (bit.ly/2GeBhTs). My first customer was my uncle when I was 5. That’s not an innuendo – he bought a painting.
What makes you happy?
Fluid conversation. I’m not very good at it but when I connect with someone it’s so warming. Warmth also makes me happy.
The recipe you would like to learn…
You know when people just have an intuition about food? I have a friend in Busan who cooked the most amazing meal I’ve ever tasted, in 10 minutes. I would like to learn all those recipes.
The most beautiful memory until now.
I remember someone saying in 2nd grade – this is the best day of my life! I thought, how do you know? Then asked myself if it was the best day every day after that. I’m not sure what the most beautiful memory is, but there are a lot of nuggets.
Your next goal?
You’ll see :o)
The next gift?
A pap smear, I’m overdue.
What do you do after this interview?
Comb my hair and maybe massage my scalp too.