Title: Pulsatrix de Escher
Design technique: Mista sobre MDF. Year: 2020.
Size: 0,90 x 1,83 x 0,015m.
Rodrigo Martins is a geographer and teacher in Parauapebas (PA) who uses art to talk about conservation. Born in Belo Horizonte, he left the state of Minas Gerais ten years ago and moved to the Amazon. His main artistic influence comes from his father, who taught him how to build architectural models. Both have been working in this craft for more than 15 years. His inspiration comes from travelling and discovering different cultures along the way. In addition to graffiti art, he creates theater puppets, works as a DJ and participates in cultural projects related to hip hop music and culture in the region.
In his panel Pulsatrix de Escher shown here, the artist creates a stylized pulsatrix perspicillata spectacled owl, popularly known as murucututu, which is quite common in the Amazon and in the Atlantic forest in Northeast Brazil. In cheerful tones and graphics that remind us of both the Dutch painter Maurits Cornellis Escher and the indigenous and marajoara culture, Rod77 seeks to draw our attention to the preservation of forests and large birds of prey whose habitat depends on the balance of the entire ecosystem to survive.