My MFA Project exhibition, Saudades: Crafting Samba, was an art project that culminated in a live performance of traditional Brazilian music with five musical instruments handcrafted by me and played by professional musicians. The inspiration for the project originated in the northeast of Brazil where I was reconnecting with my Brazilian ancestry and was deeply moved by samba circles that I attended while I was there. Many of my interests and concerns as an artist coalesced in samba circles, which ultimately served as the springboard for delving deeper into traditional craft and engaging in social collaboration and interaction. I found that in the process of researching, making and unveiling this work, I was also able to explore issues around my identity and cultural heritage. Additionally, the project provided a platform for a multidisciplinary approach that has become increasingly important in my practice: an interest in blurring or otherwise questioning the lines between art, craft, and design. In this instance I purposefully combined art and craft with music and performance with the intent of yielding a more complex and dynamic process and result.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Fine arts, Music|
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