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Martine Syms

Martine Syms is a Los Angeles-based artist that uses video and performance to examine representations of blackness. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively, including presentations at the Museum of Modern Art, Hammer Museum, ICA London, New Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Martine gives us a glimpse of her world through text and image.
Shaina Mote — Martine Syms

What shapes, textures, and palettes encompass the sensory details of your present self?  










 What is something you have loved for a long time?











What is something you have recently rediscovered?










At what moments are you the truest version of yourself?










What landscapes or places in nature are most resonant? Where do you feel the deepest connection with the outdoors?










Can you share more details on one act of “wellness” that brings you joy in its ritual — maybe a special tea, or a favorite walk, or another ritual that you use to come back to yourself?










Can you share a recipe or idea for a simple, healing meal that you make for yourself often?


I love a smoothie. I have one every morning that usually contains 1 cup spinach, 1 cup frozen fruit (whatever I have in stock), rice milk or more recently barista blend OAT MILK (so luxe), sunflower seed butter, apple butter, flax, vitamin d, ultrainflamx, maybe an avocado if i'm feeling wild.










What books are you reading right now (or have read recently)?

I just finished Lite Year by Tess Brown-Lavoie. I read it slowly and usually sitting in the sun.










What book(s) do you always recommend to friends?

I always recommend Women Who Run With The Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. That book has changed my life several times.










What music is in rotation for you this month?

I have a monthly radio show on NTS called CCARTALKLA. You can listen to my tunes here.


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