Via large-scale installations, paintings and drawings, I create dynamic architectural landscapes that are inspired by the sprawling, and massive uncontrolled urbanization of the shantytown communities throughout my native country, Brazil. My work depicts the speed of global cities and urban environments which I seek to convey by layering abstract and figurative images of winding streets, stairways, network of lights, overhead lines, intense color and infinite energy. I juxtapose my observations about the emergence and co-existence of sub-cultural communities, urban decay, and drug trafficking issues by embedding personal and found photographs that inhabit the spaces and are manipulated in a way that obscures the particular identities of the figures. In these inner cities I create, there is a sense of vastness of the communities that look out from thousands of windows everyday, while raising the question of whether the condition of poverty will also be infinite.
Priscila De Carvalho works with painting, printmaking and site-specific and public art installations. She is a recipient of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program and The Queens Community Arts Fund. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Lower East Side Printshop, NYC; Socrates Sculpture Park, NYC; and Sculpture Space, Utica, NY. Her work has been featuredin exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, NYC; El Museo del Barrio, NYC; The Bronx Museum of Art, NYC; Gallery 64 Bis, Paris; The Jersey City Museum, NJ; Deutsche Bank, NYC; and various other institutions. Ms. De Carvalho studied at the City College of San Francisco, UC Berkeley and at the Art Students League. She was born in Brazil, and lives and works in New York City.
Enamel, acrylic, permanent marker
photograpic collage on canvas
39 x 58 inches
Courtesy of the artist