My artistic endeavors have been featured in leading international publications in both print and digital: Vanity Fair Italy, British Vogue, The Guardian [UK], Huffington Post [US], Stern [Germany], Mindfood Magazine [Australia], Good Housekeeping [US], Sabado [Portugal], Ilta-Sanomat [Finland], Angeleno Magazine [US] and many others.
I have had a long-term interest in using natural materials as my canvas. Since 2006, my work has primarily been on wood panels, with occasional pieces on aluminum. I have found that these materials bode well for my aesthetic and preferred medium, often heavy in viscosity and consistent in offering more depth and moments of visual and textural exploration. I continue to use classical fine art methods and materials; studio quality primers, premium oil and water based paints and finishing with oil based protectants that promote luster and longevity.
In the beginning of 2017, I chose to make a shift and explore a canvas that is an homage to my maternal family heritage. My mother's home country of Portugal is known for producing half of the world's cork and for centuries of nautical mastery. I'm moved to use this sustainable material as my canvas to explore my nautical aesthetic; creating pieces that are intimate windows into who I am and where I come from. "Rustico" is a Portuguese conversational term for mixing old and new aesthetics; a harmonious sight often reflected in the blend of centuries-old buildings and newer construction. I love mixing old traditions, materials and styles with contemporary taste.
In this same lens of reconnecting with my family's history, my portrait and interview series, Unconventional Apology Project, explores the fluidity of identity and legacy through storytelling. My grandmother, Mableine Nelson Barlow, was shot to death at 36 by my grandfather in 1975 in Compton, CA. Her death and my family's method of coping with such great loss, along with my inheriting of my grandfather's beloved camera, sparked this artistic extension because her existence was nearly erased; few photos exist of her life. When I inherited my grandfather's camera in 2013, I chose to use it as a tool to take 36 portraits of survivors of domestic violence or the family members of those who were unable to survive. The Project is in honor of my grandmother and all activities around it firmly honor her memory. Unconventional Apology Project is currently ongoing, with an immersive exhibit and documentary in development.
I hope you enjoy these extensions of me and appreciate their origins.
UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture
2018 - present
Art Institute, Santa Monica, CA
Major: Media Production
New Wight Gallery
November 21, 2019 - December 12, 2019
Los Angeles, CA
The Other Art Fair Presented by Saatchi Art
March 15-18, 2018
The Majestic Downtown
Los Angeles, CA
2011-present, multiple group shows. CV available upon request.