We had the good fortune of connecting with Kika Carvalho and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kika, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
During most of my eleven years working actively as a visual artist I was struggling to find a way to stay productive and inspired, having to work as an educator (or any other job that would keep me financially stable) and studying at the same time. What helps me the most, at the end, is to keep a routine with habits that helps my creativity, my body and my mind. Since I decided to work full-time as an artist I try to stay organized and keep my studio time constant during the week. I prioritized my career over recreation a lot, but I’ve learned that it’s necessary to take some time to myself so I don’t get burned out. It’s important to take care of my physical and mental health as well. Sometimes there were people trying to discourage me or to discredit my work, so I responded having the habit of being very stubborn. Even when I’m the only one who believes in a project or gives the necessary value to it I stay true to myself and keep the hard work. It drives me more to know that I’ll prove them wrong.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In my work I’ve been researching profoundly about and with the color blue, resignifying what I’ve learned inside the academy about the “one and only” art history. The development of this research brought significant results, amplifying debates and meeting issues led in the field of painting by a new wave of black artist from the global south. It was never easy, but recently I’ve had less struggles and more reaping from these long years investing in myself. Having passion and believing in my work gives me motivation. Surrounding myself with good books, watching good movies and documentaries, going to exhibitions and following other artist’s work keeps my mind active. Not having, for a long time, the opportunity to dedicate exclusively to my artistic work makes me value this moment even more. My days are planned. I have a bullet journal, wall callendary and online schedule. There’s a time for everything and most of my daytime is dedicated to a studio immersion. I want the world to know that even in face of many adversities, with passion and focus is possible to get around and earn a living from what you really love.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Certainly downtown Vitória, outside the context of the pandemic is where it is concentrated the places to see art exhibitions, see alternative movies and plays. There are also interesting cafes and almost secret places with music and good craft beer. It is also mandatory to go to the beach, a dip in the sea is able to invigorate all your energies. So if I could recommend some place, it would be to have a coffee at Vila Moscoso, followed by a walk in Parque Moscoso. Then, go uptown and visiting some historic buildings such as the Cathedral, accompanied by an incredible view of the port. Have lunch at Galetti with a cold beer. Get some rest and spend the afternoon on the beach until the sun goes down. This itinerary goes well both to do alone and with friends. In the case of being with friends it is possible to play sports on the beach.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout goes to Fredone Fone, Rosana Paulino and Tiago Sant’ana. They are all brazillian artist that I’ve had the pleasure to meet in person and to talk openly about work and career. Generous people that share a lot of what they know as artists and gives valuable directions. They inspire me just being who they are: true and dedicated to their work.