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I was looking for a residency that could stimulate my practice out of my comfort zone and expose me to new ideas and materials. I was looking for a space that could intrigue me, make me question my practice.

Country of origin: Brazil

In which Residency Program(s) did you participate?
Painting and Mixed Media, 2012

What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
I was looking for a residency that could stimulate my practice out of my comfort zone and expose me to new ideas and materials. I was looking for a space that could intrigue me, make me question my practice. The Summer Residency was all of that and more. SVA gave me the pleasure to work with very interesting mentors and fellow artists. After the residency, I achieved a sense of freedom in my creative process allowing my concept to lead my practice and I started to risk more.

What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
The best part of the residency were the meetings that I had with all the mentors to help me develop a strong body of work and build a cohesive idea.

How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional artist?
My experience was so positive and constructive to my artistic practice that it encouraged me to do other residencies. I just concluded a residency program at Barracão Maravilha, an international residency program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that accepts around 6 artists every year to come to Rio to produce a body of work with an exhibition in the end as a result of the residency. In 2014 I am planning on doing a residency in Italy.

What's going on in your studio now?
At the moment I have been focused on two projects. Raízes/Roots explores Rio de Janeiro’s urban atmosphere, involving nostalgia and memory by revisiting places in Rio de Janeiro that remind me of my childhood. The end result of each piece in Roots is the juxtaposition of past and present, the present memory being on top, represented by paint and pencil marks. Bichos/Animals will be featured in my first solo show at Galeria Mercedes Viegas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in November 2013. This project deals with the animal instinct present in all of us. It deals with the clash of animal instinct and manmade marks on top of each oversized abstract image

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