INTERVIEW with Lizzie Cheatham McNairy of Matrons & Mistresses

Decoding Life’s Complexities
Oct 31, 2019

Wow. I feel like I just stood in a 360 mirror under fluorescent lights in a TJ Maxx wearing a bikini two sizes too small.” I had to chuckle when I received Heather’s email after she read our interview for the first time.

How perfectly she captured how scary and uncomfortable it can be to put yourself out there. Yet, I am finding again and again that it is in doing just that that we are finally able to step into the sunlight.

Heather, thank you for sharing your art and your story with us. Vulnerability looks damn good on you!

Lizzie Cheatham McNairy: Gosh, we’ve talked about doing this for such a long time, I’m excited to finally go!

Heather Gordon: I’m concerned I’m not gonna remember all the wonderful answers that…

LCM: You gave previously?

HG: Yeah, that made you want to do this in the first place! I’m gonna be a dummy.

LCM: No way! Okay. Before we met, I seemed to have had an outdated assumption that people were either creative or analytical. I kept the arts separated from things like science and math. Yet, that couldn’t be further from the truth with you and your work. Could you speak to how these work together in your work, or how you view the relationship between the two, if you separate them at all?

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