Who says an individual cannot be humble and ambitious in the creative industry? I challenge you now because I now bring to the stand, Carmen Morenna Lima. 19 year old Brazilian female heading into her 20's pretty soon and she talks life as an artist, a Brazilian and of course future plans. Oh did I mention she had to choose between Picasso and Matisse?!!
As usual I scout out underground talent (came across her Tumblr and Instagram and voila!!!) and try to connect with them because in all honesty; I believe these creatives could be the next Matisse, Nick Knight and Vivienne Westwood.
Morenna Lima has a deep rooted interest in the arts, so deep she sketches and paints whatever triggers her inspiration circuit- be it flowers or a bee on your lips.
The talent is clearly there and more importantly the passion is there,and that is what differentiates her from the other so called 'artists'. Enough small talk, feel free to read the mini Q&A's accompanied with images of her work.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m about to turn 20 years old; I’m an INTP Virgo. At this age I already consider myself a crazy cat lady but despite this I collect unfinished drawings and Brazilian Vogue magazines - not for the fashion tips but for the different stories about icons from my country that made history within the outside world. I love all kinds of music from Modest Mouse to Beyoncé. Travelling the whole planet in my dreams is part of my daily routine. Yet, travelling and getting to know new cultures is on the top of my life list. In the end, I can’t describe myself without saying that I’m a piece of everyone and everything I know plus my own insecurities. Just constantly learning about people to see who I really am.
2. What does art mean to you? And do you think your lifestyle has a huge impact on what you create?
It means giving life to something/anything. There’s no such thing as a painting or a drawing to give life to a place. I would say that art has been influencing my lifestyle. I learn to see beauty in small things/imperfect things, I get a new point of view and it definitely makes life more bearable and meaningful. So, learning that ‘the beautiful’ is not only in the obvious is giving me life.
3. Illustrations or Drawings? Would you say you are equally in love with both or you lean towards one more and why is that?
As the most indecisive person ever, I’ve got to say both. When I’m drawing in pencil, it makes me work harder because of the constant pursuit for perfection, trying to challenge myself even more. Now the illustration taught me that I could also have fun if I get out of my comfort zone. However recently I have tried to learn more from the possibilities illustrations gives me.
4. Rio de Janeiro, with its’ cascading mountains and endless waters as well as the perfect holiday weather- what is life like in this beautiful seaside city of Brazil?
Rio could be the best city in the world if the politicians actually did their job. The truth is that we live and also survive here. But besides the contras, Rio is blessed city. It has a huge variety of different personalities like music, dance, art, and people! The landscapes can clean your soul and make you feel like a brand new person every time you look at it. The food is phenomenal, and I wouldn’t trade this food for none else in the world - maybe for 10 years of free pizza. *Kidding.*
5. Do you see yourself ever moving out of Brazil? What are your future plans and aspirations?
I do, yes. It’s not in my heart to stay in just one place till my last days. I’d love/can see myself, staying in Los Angeles or New York for a year… Or Canada, The UK, or any other beautiful place I can feel comfortable with. My main future plan is to completely discover myself as soon as possible, as a person or about art - I already had my blue phase so I think I’m halfway there. Have a first exhibition; get an apartment to myself so I can finally get my cats! I want to buy a house for my mom, and make her happy so I can be happy too and one day, study psychology to pursue this career when I get old.
6. Last but not least, Picasso or Matisse? Cubism or fauvism?
Picasso and Matisse plus Romero Britto. Shoutout to the Brazilian artist whom a lot of Brazilians hate. Congratulations on your success! Thank you for putting Brazil out there and for keeping the pop art spirit alive. (I’m sorry that my mom didn’t believe in you and didn’t marry you, tho). Cubism for the imperfect perfection and fauvism for the perfect imperfection.