Art, Identity & Creativity: Ariel Cavalcante Foster's Multicultural Journey
Ariel Cavalcante Foster is a Brazilian-American artist, consultant, and edge worker based in Baltimore and DC. Their practice includes printmaking, installation, painting, sound, video, and performance. They are also an inclusion strategist, consultant, and facilitator, and have recently received training in holistic healing practices.
Ariel discusses their background and early experiences that shaped their creative practice. They talk about their multicultural upbringing and the impact it had on their perspective and artistic expression. Ariel also shares their journey of self-discovery and exploration of identity, particularly in relation to whiteness and white supremacy. They discuss the themes and questions that drive their creative process, including the exploration of symbols, culture, nature, and spirituality. Ariel emphasizes the importance of spontaneity, curiosity, and embodiment in their work. They also touch on the conditions and attitudes that support creativity and innovative thinking. Ariel shares their favorite colors and their symbolic meanings, as well as their dream job of being a global representative and inspirational speaker. They conclude by discussing their upcoming projects, including the Embodied Arts Project and the Pleasure Club, and invite listeners to follow them on social media for updates.
In this episode, we explore:
- Ariel's rich multicultural upbringing, discussing how growing up in a diverse community has significantly shaped their unique artistic perspective.
- The intricate world of symbols, culture, nature, and spirituality in Ariel's work, uncovering how they skillfully capture the intangible and conceptual aspects of these themes.
- Creativity's core elements – spontaneity, curiosity, and embodiment – and delve into how these dynamics drive Ariel's artistic process.
- The connection between relaxation, playfulness, and creativity, as we discuss how Ariel harnesses these qualities to encourage the free flow of creative energy.
- The diverse sources of inspiration that fuel Ariel's art, from the realms of research and movement to the magic of collaboration, all while recognizing the healing and sacred dimensions of their creative expression.
Join me in this enlightening conversation with Ariel Cavalcante Foster, as we explore their journey as an artist and cultural worker. Discover the role of symbols in their work and how they channel their energy into creating meaningful art. Listen now!
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