This trip began last summer when one of my best girl friends asked me to paint a row of daisies on a mirror, which when finished looked like a portal that reflected us while we shared dreams about the new year and spaced out with stories of monsters and extraterrestrials.
Traveling is the experience that nourishes me most, it´s like I experience osmosis learning things as if I were a sponge.
The first leg of the trip started in Russia in May at a festival called Long Stories for Perm. Perm is a city with a million people in the middle of the country that wishes to transform itself into the urban art capital of Russia; every year they invite artists to participate in projects and become part of the intervention. Last year I found out about an open admission for muralists for which my project about extraterrestrial life was chosen.
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It was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life and the largest project I have done up to now, I am waiting for the next admission like a anxious child.
This year the theme was centered around poetry. I proposed to paint a poem by Borges narrated with images and text (subtitled in Russian) that thank god was accepted. FTSH CREW helped me paint, they are a group of graffiti artists that worked clandestinely before getting involved in the festival. The most wonderful part of it all was that without a common language and left with only signs to explain ideas we spent a week that ended with lots of hugging the day I left.
The same had happened to me the first time I went to Perm when I played Villa Diamante and Fauna for everyone and they smiled and confirmed to me that sharing doesn’t require words, which in theory is very simple and at the same time really impressive in practice.
After Perm I traveled to Paris for the opening of my first painting exhibit in this city. The show was a confluence of parallels and coincidences that proved my theory that above all things reality evolves according to your hearts intentions.
The show is called “Todo lo que sé soñar despierto” (Everything I Know About Daydreaming). It was wonderful to have visits from people I admire like Axel Krygier and Vincent Grondona, who were Paris-ing it up at the moment, and all of the people I love so much for having come to the show.
Grant (WUBA Director) asked that I write a personal note, and I write here what I have shared with my closest friends and dear beings.
Now I am in Berlin, working on a project called YOMONSTRO together with 12NA. Every day I get closer to “showing” everything that I feel.