Do Or Die Artwork

 

Flavia Moraes Lodato

Urban Palace


Since I was a little girl, my dream was to be an artist. However, growing up in a humble family in Brazil meant that this was out of the question. Instead, I worked by day and studied at night, ultimately landing a desirable and competitive job in finance. Despite this success, I was not fully satisfied; something inside of me persisted in calling me to follow my dreams and do what I was born to do – Art.


Unable to postpone my inner desires anymore, I took a one-year sabbatical from my position, came to the United States to learn a second language and explore a different perspective of life. This was not an easy decision to make, as I was derided by my family and friends for, at age 32, not being “young enough” to start over, for succumbing to a “mid-life crisis.” Despite all of this, all I could hear were my instincts.


There were moments of doubt, pain and tears, but once I enrolled in the Fashion Design Certificate program at the Parsons School of Design, which exposed me to a much larger world of art, I felt that I was on the right path. To me, “Do or Die” has meant walking away from stability and leaving a whole life behind to restart as a Latin American immigrant who overcomes the pre-conceptions and challenges to pursue my dreams.

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14”x11”x1”

Air brushing, photo transfer, acrylic paint and ink on canvas board

$400