Over the last two years, I have accumulated over a year worth of time spent in Brazil. It has given me the opportunity to not only grow as an artist but challenge myself by becoming immersed in another culture. It also has been an opportunity to connect with family living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil who have been a part of my life since I was young but now at a much deeper level.
I traveled through cities such as Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Ouro Preto, and Brasilia but spent the majority of my time in the cidade maravilhosa also know as Rio de Janeiro. During my time in Rio, I traveled all over the city usually by foot or bus. I fell in love with Rio’s landscape, a mix of European architecture in areas like Centro juxtaposed amongst Favelas such as Rocinha along the hillsides and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This along with the Carioca lifestyle makes Rio a hard place to leave. While living in Rio, I had the opportunity to show my work abroad and share new ideas with new friends. Through conversations with those native to Brazil, I quickly realized I have an amazing opportunity to give a voice to Brazil and share with those outside of their county why this place is so special. For me, it has become an obsession that has resulted in extended research and a continued effort to share Brazil with everyone I meet. A blog was created to document my time spent in Rio and a place to begin organizing my ideas for new work. Check out my blog by clicking this link: Research Rio
This fall I was given the opportunity to continue my connection to Brazil by traveling to Goiania, Brazil in October 2011. I was awarded a partnership to work with the University Federal of Goias, under the direction of Rosa Berardo and Carlos Passos. I've been invited to participate in discussion in the classroom with college students by providing my insight and knowledge about the contemporary art scene in my country as well as assist in the art center with exhibitions.
The majority of my trip is funded by an artist grant through the Maryland Arts Council. My plane ticket and living expenses for the period of my trip are covered.
Additional funds through this Kickstarter project will allow me to be the most successful in obtaining my goals for this trip by providing a studio space to create my work along with purchasing supplies such as paper, adhesives, printing of promotional materials, hiring assistance with the installation process for the exhibition and a translator for trips around the city.
Please visit my blog at www.Researchrio.blogspot.com to check for updates during my travels and new insight on Brazil.
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