Paintings / Drawings / Etchings
This work references the colonial history of Brazil that relied on a tree named Brazilwood (pau-brasil), and gave the country its name. The name 'Brasil' comes from the Latin 'brasa' that is the colour of burnt wood (red). Red has become an important colour to my work not only from the eyes of the colonizers but also giving the fact that indigenous tribes used urucum, a plant from which its seeds release a red dye, for body painting in rituals and has marked the first encounter between the Portuguese and the Tupinanba tribe. Red is also a political colour and the colour of the future (Mars to be colonized), therefore I take into account a speculative practice that embraces the uncanny and dystopian connection between the past and the present in Latin America. I am inspired by magic realism and how myths and symbols affect our beliefs in the real world.