Welcome to the first blog post!
I'm excited to embark on this new endeavor of sharing my current artistic inspirations and research topics. Also, I'll be working out my critique “muscles” to understand why these subjects warrant discussion. It never hurts to try to stay in shape!
The development of my personal projects has not only called for huge amounts of research, but countless moments where I've needed to:
1. Dissect why an idea may or may not work
2. Have the courage to admit gaps in my knowledge, and...
3. Maintain the drive to keep learning
This brings me to the title.
"Umascuro" is a made-up word that I wrote down in a sketchbook several years ago. "Uma" is the romanized word for "horse" in Japanese, and "scuro" comes from "oscuro" which means “dark" or “black" in Spanish. My relation to these languages is in constant flux--one is the language I'm most perceived to understand and the other has deeper connections to my upbringing.
I vividly recall several occasions when I've been referred to as a "dark horse". I've typically been associated with a group or cohort of some kind. I'm accustomed to teamwork, but also competition, and I've needed to acknowledge my weaknesses. The title of a "dark horse" automatically infers room for improvement--for surprise. I've come to embrace this idea of constantly competing against myself to get a little better each day. This blog is based on this “umascuro” spirit.
Thank you for reading!