India Salvor Menuez
Activist Artist, New York
At the age of 15, artist-actress-model India co-founded the Luck You Collective, a misfit art collective of young New York’s creative art scene. She spends most of her time at her home/studio in Chinatown. Menuez creates works that ranges from painting and sketches to sculpture. No found object or art piece seems overly precious to her, yet everything seems to have rhyme, reason and a story of how it ended up in her apartment or studio.
Your idea of happiness?
A moment at peace.
Your idea of misery?
If not yourself, who would you be?
A drop of water perhaps, I am not always myself anyway; I’m often other people and yet always somehow myself, even if in disguise. A body of any kind is a disguise of some kind.
A kind stranger. Nausicaa was important too.
What is your present state of mind?
Sleepy, yet electric.
Bedside table books?
There is a whole bookshelf...amongst some old favorite novels, the bedside shelf is where I keep all the poetry in the house. On top of the low shelf there are plants.
What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?
I pretend I’m sleeping or reach out to someone who may also be restless…
Do you collect anything?
Yes, but I used to too much, so now I am more careful in my collecting.
What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?
That if you went to the moon you would get diarrhea.
That of flushed flesh.
What are your plans for this weekend?
Well, it’s Sunday, so now it is coming to an end. But Friday I put on a sweet and special event at my friend’s gallery where people read and performed; that was inspiring. Then Saturday I helped my boyfriend finish and place some works in a show that opened that night...along the way there was a lot of good food and eye contact.
“I Don’t Know What Love Is,” by Vashti Bunyan.
Right or left-handed?
What is the best dish you can cook?
Something improvised and fresh.
What is your middle name?
What do you do in your free time?