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I always say 'te amo'”
Known for her colorful outfits and fruit-bedecked headgear, Carmen Miranda was one of the first ambassadors of Latin American popular music and the precursor of Brazil's Tropicalismo cultural movement.
But her success in the U.S. didn't translate back home, where she was rejected for being a sellout. This wounded Carmen deeply and for the rest of her life she remained tied to both American and Latin Culture.
The stitching style on this portrait represents this cross- cultural link.
As a traditionally trained artist Blair Martin Cahill is extremely interested in the new dynamic of art and uses an amazing array of modern tools in conjunction with long established techniques.
By combining traditional methods of textile production with cutting edge technology, Cahill finds infinite opportunities for producing completely unique and truly contemporary fine art.
Cahill obtained her BFA from California Institute of the Arts and then attended the University of Arts London, Chelsea for her MA in Fine Art. This further established her individual style of combining elements of color and light. In addition to studying at Art Center College of Design she was awarded the Digital Fabrication Residency which facilitated exploration of the boundaries of sculpture, tradition and technology.
Cahill has lectured at the Collage Artists of America and her work is held in private collections internationally.