As the 2022 artist for a limited Ballantine’s edition, this collaboration celebrates community after a long few years.
As part of this collaboration with Ballantine’s, I was originally asked to take over these market cities, but I know there is so much about each place that only locals who live and love knows… secrets that nobody else is privy to. I asked if I could provide a framework, curate a local artist and pass the baton of creation. It’s the only way I can truly respect the uniqueness of different cultures Ballnatine’s wanted to encapsulate in their global markets.
The evolution from my work to artists’ across the ocean reflects the space of trust and collaboration I wish to see in more projects, in the world in general. I suggested we engage local artists who live and love their home cities to redefine how my artwork fit into their neighborhood. After handpicking artists and kick off with my original intention, the result was beautifully authentic and true to community and collaboration.
Brazil Artists: Juline Lobao and Thiago Thipan
Canary Islands Artist: Lia Ateca