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Rupture

On this photomontage series I am exploring the beauty and destruction of fire, a recurring damaging factor in the Brazilian Carnival. To create these images I have burnt one of my own artworks created in 2014. This represents, in a way, a rupture from my initial expression of art (the re-creation of what fascinates me in the Brazilian Carnival) to my own interpretation of the Brazilian Carnival arts.
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Nesta série de fotomontagens eu exploro a beleza e a destruição do fogo, um fator de devastação constante no carnaval. Para criar essas imagens eu queimei um de meus trabalhos de 2014. De certa forma isto representa uma ruptura da forma como me expressava artisticamente inicialmente (com a recriação de elementos que me fascinam no carnaval), para minha própria interpretação de elementos das artes carnavalescas.

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Museu Nacional (in memorian)

fogo carro alegorico

Ainda em choque com o incêndio no Museu Nacional, estava pensando no que eu poderia ter feito. Eu, alguém que não possui a influência ou os meios financeiros necessários. … … Me ocorreu, que nada poderia ter feito, mas o que devo fazer agora é tentar evitar que mais da nossa cultura seja perdida.
Devo continuar fazendo o que faço, trabalhos artísticos que visam aumentar a conscientização sobre o fato de que o carnaval de escola de samba é cultura. Cultura viva e que deve ser fomentada. Neste momento existem escolas de Samba que não possuem as mínimas condições de continuar fazendo o que fazem de melhor: servir como foco de resistência cultural em comunidades que não tem acesso a arte e cultura.
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While still in shock with the fire at the National Museum in Brazil, I was thinking about what I could have done. Myself, someone who does not have the influence or the necessary financial means. … It occurred to me that I couldn’t have done anything , but what I must do now is try to prevent more of our culture from being lost.
I must continue doing what I do, artistic works that aim to raise awareness about the fact that the samba school carnival is culture. A living culture that must be given support . At the moment there are Samba schools that do not have the minimum conditions to continue doing what they do best: serve as the only way some communities have to celebrate and preserve their history and culture.

Luis Antônio Simas

Part of my research about Brazilian carnival had to include the historian, writer and Lecturer Luis Antônio Simas. Great enthusiast of carnival e African culture in Rio de Janeiro.  All videos are in Portuguese, but my aim is to to transcribe and translate them as they contain precious information about Brazilian culture.

Parte da minha pesquisa sobre o carnaval carioca tinha que incluir o historiador, escritor e professor Luis Antônio Simas. Grande estudioso e entusiasta do carnaval e da cultura africana presente no Rio de janeiro.

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Interativos

Every first Saturday of the month the Interativos project is hosted by Sylvia Morgado at the Creative Place (9 Old Ford Road E2 9PJ, London).

“Interativos” is a project where you are free to create any form of work you wish. Therefore some people come to interact with others, some may do poetry and some come to learn new artistic techniques.

Last month I had the please to be the guest artist and the workshop themes were Origami and Assemblage boxes.

Little introduction about my assemblage work

 

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Botanical Ilustration

I always get fascinated by the imense detaling present on Botanical Ilustration and  am enjoying very much to read and admire Basilus Besler’s Florilegium book.

 

I believe that the first time I heard about this kind of art was when I started to research Milton Cunha’ s work as a Brazilian carnival artist.

In 1994 he developed a work for the Brazilian carnival group Beija-Flor in homage to Margareth Mee

Desfile Beija-Flor 1994

I then got to know about Mee’s amazing work and courage to travel to the Amazon in 1956 to make beautiful Botanical Ilustrations. 

Last year I was able to aquire this reproduction of one of her ilustrations and now I think about that parade and Mee’s history and talent every time I look at it.

Putting myself out there 

Making origami stars

As an artist I feel like I need a space to share my artwork, the creative process and inspirational things I find on the way, however there is always the concern of my posts being lost amongst the large amount of content present on the internet.

Since reading Austin Kleon’s book “Show your work” a few years ago, I decided to focus all my online activities on this website. This allows more control over the content and assurance of the future of it. This hasn’t been easy.

In the past couple of months I have been jumping from one social media platform to another and neglecting this blog/website. As I have now acknowledged this I hope to be more present here whilst continuing to share on Instagram and Facebook.

Website domain

I am so glad I have finally registered the domain for both my professional website and the Gres museum one.

Now I can make them the information center about for all my projects. And all info from social midia will be linked to this main website.

If you don’t follow me on Tumblr, Instagram (@pá.ú.lú) and Facebook, please to so to see all the work in studio and the final outcome of my works. 

Change of website description

Today I have added a new description of myself and my work to the website, but I have decided to leave the old description below, as this is a way for people to get to know me better.

Since a young age I have had a passion for craft work and all that involves: The combination of colours, different materials, textures and shapes.
In the early 2000’s, while in University as a Tourism student, I was able to do a several researches about the Brazilian cultural identity and discover how rich it is.

While living in Campo Grande – MS ( a city with a large Japanese community) I learnt about origami ( the art of making objects and figures from folded paper) in 2006.
Following this and the years that passed I then started with my interest in making paper craft and to collect papers with different colours and textures.
Until 2014, origami was the only technique I used on my projects, but after a workshop with a Caribbean born carnival artist, I then started to work more actively with wire and paper mache. It was then that the work with paper feathers was born!
 
Pá.ú.lú
Brazilian born self-taught paper artist, based in the UK.