Give Me the Strenght
Being both Angolan and American, I had the opportunity to study two essentials perspectives of my diverse cultural background. Although, I was taught the basic technique of painting and design in California, I learned to add materials to my work as a way to communicate the many interpretations foreseen in the Angolan traditional and contemporary culture. I meticulously combined both art forms to convey the issues of stereotypes, ethnicity, and politics. I use fabrics, sand, beads, and yarn above a traditional oil painted background.