I am a Brazilian and naturalised British multi-disciplinary artist, curator and educator living and working in the UK. My interest in the arts began whilst living in Brasília, the capital of Brazil. This spacious, modern and multi-cultural city was designed with strong sculptural architecture and built by a workforce who came from the all over the country. This brought me to question its inhabitants’ peculiar mixed identity and prompted me to capture its psycho-geography mainly through drawings and paintings. I also got involved with music and dance with many theatrical presentations by a musical theatre school in Brasília, that later became the basis for my performances in fine art.
After moving to the UK, my practice became more philosophical and concerned with existentialist principles. I have begun to question ‘identity’ as a result of cultural ‘facticity’ (the conditions one is born into). I purposely work with a variety of mediums amongst film, performance, installations, sculpture drawing and painting. Although I change medium according to my purpose, in most cases a strong sense of space still prevails in my work. The relationship between space and the body is present in my installations with performances. This dialogue can also be seen in my sculptural paintings, in which I use a 3D impasto technique aiming to reinforces the presence of the artist through the materials and bring the viewers to the awareness of their own existence in relationship to a particular space and time.
My practice either as an artist or as a curator is based on relational aesthetics that in my latest field of enquiry ‘New Materialisms’, explores a very contemporary subject, the interaction through social media. Existence is per se a subjective matter of perception, to be understood it depends on external factors such as culture, history and language. The concept of New Materialisms confirms this approach and it is very clear when talking about the ‘digital being’ as a new state of being. This new social order of a disembodied society that coexists in the hyperspace is replacing face to face interaction towards a mediated alternative through the use of mobile phones, tablets and computers. This transformation in social interactions and relationship holds unpredicted consequences as humanity evolves to social digital transhumans. This is where my work as an artist thrives and interfaces directly with social practices and human behaviour and continues to investigate existentialism, psychology and identities within an unaware society.