Eloa Jane Pereira

Abroad, an Incomplete Hero’s Journey, is an art series that chronicles the thoughts of immigrants at different stages along their journey to a new land. In particular, the series is inspired by the triumphs and struggles experienced by Brazilian immigrants coming to the United States. It has personal significance to me as I am myself one such immigrant. Abroad approaches the topic of immigration from a different point of view than most Americans have access to. The way news media talk about immigration is as a set of statistics, a political issue to be debated. I have no intention of picking either side of this polarized issue. Instead, with Abroad, I want to open a window into the very heart of immigrants and share with my audience something of what it feels like to be an immigrant.

The project started in January 2020 and will culminate on a tour in 2021 across the US, mainly in cities with large immigrant concentrations. It also includes a one-month artist-in-residence program in Brazil in November 2020.

The exhibition will be meaningful to first generation immigrants because it relates directly to their experience. It also will reach the younger generations by opening doors for discussion among relatives and friends. Many times, difficult stories are avoided because of the painful memories associated with them. The Abroad series will also reach the general public by providing to those far removed from these realities an opportunity to glimpse into the first-person perspective of an immigrant along with the powerful motives and emotions that drive one’s decision to relocate in such drastic fashion.

Picasso the Pet Pig

Mixed Media: Recycled Paper Relief
24″ x 30″

Waves of Music

Mixed Media: Recycled Paper Relief
24″ x 30″

Moonlight Paddle

Mixed Media: Recycled Paper Relief
30″ x 24″