Erica joined our team as an ArtTable Fellow in June 2020, and will be working with the Programs Department at The LP. Get to know more about her!
In what neighborhood do you live?
How did you first become connected to The LP, or hear about The LP?
The first time I heard about The LP was in a conversation with someone who had worked in arts and culture elsewhere on the east coast. Months later, I was looking for work in New York and recognized The LP when I came across it again in my search.
What attracted you to The LP? How does working here relate to your professional goals?
The mission and values of The LP are what attracted me most. I was struck by the precise language of each value and how it is clear they guide the work that The LP does. I am excited to be a part of the organization’s commitment to uplifting community and artists as collaborators.
Do you have your own creative practice? If so, tell us more!
I love to draw, experiment with alternative forms of photography and printing, and make all sorts of mixed media works. I also enjoy writing creative nonfiction and poetry and have recently gotten back into pottery.
Can you tell us about an artist or project that has inspired you?
The memoir Heavy by Kiese Laymon has inspired me to rethink the way I approach honesty and vulnerability and recognize the beauty and abundance in both.
What is your favorite… film? …album? …food?
I can’t pick a single or even a few favorite films or albums, but my hands-down favorite foods are cornbread, tater tots, and bean and cheese burritos.
Where do you do your laundry?
In the basement of my building.
In your opinion, why does art matter?
Art matters because it is a cultural connector and form of expression. It can teach us a lot about observing, noticing, and responding with curiosity and intention.
What LP value do you most relate to and why?
Nurture creativity. I have been thinking a lot about the power of creativity at this particular moment in time when much of what we have become accustomed to as a society has changed suddenly and drastically. One of the few hopeful prospects of complete disruption and monumental change is that it can be easier to imagine something completely new and different, something that might have felt impossible before.
Erica Rawles is an artist, writer, facilitator, and collaborator from Los Angeles. She has a background in community engagement, organizing and arts education. In addition to her personal art practice and work as a freelance writer, Erica collaborates with organizations in a participatory, creative process that prioritizes community building and empowerment. Erica holds a dual B.A. in studio art and philosophy from Claremont McKenna College.