Hey Bego, how did the Boxhead concept come about?

I want to say Boxhead is me, but I believe she really is all of us. She popped into my mind one night, when I was about to fall asleep, back in 2009. I quickly left my bed and did some half asleep sketches in my book. The morning after I continued evolving the character. I gave her a name and Boxhead was born.

I have been drawing since I can remember but there was something in this little character that resonated with me more than any other drawing I had ever done. It happened during a really rough time in my life so I always understood the box as a carrier of my fears, my pain and also as a protection somehow. As I got older and the visual representation of the box changed, as well as all the stories I built around Boxhead as a character, I realised she’s also an exercise in self compassion. This could be a bit difficult to understand for others, but I see it this way. We carry a lot in our minds, sometimes our minds can be real dark places. By creating a cute, almost comedic, representation of our inner space and building a world around it, it feels almost like a hug to me, like an exercise of empathy and compassion.

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‘Happy Box’ by Boxhead

Who (or what) inspired you to become an artist?

I think it’s a combination of having a wild imagination and my parents exposing me to art and encouraging me to be curious since I was a kid. I used to create all these stories in my head growing up. I initially thought I wanted to be a writer, but soon I started drawing and I haven’t stopped since then. Looking at my mum’s craft magazines, reading all the art history books we had in the house and watching my dad building things and doing his technical drawings, all this exposure really shaped me into the artist I am today. It changed the way I see the world and the way I navigate life forever. I cannot imagine myself doing anything that is not related to artistic expression.

Where might have people seen your work prior to Decentraland Art Week?

I have had exhibitions across Europe and the United States over the years. I have painted large scale murals in most of those places too. I appear in a few street art books and many blogs. I have this four-storey mural in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that I’m sure many people have seen.

I see Decentraland as the natural next step for my work. I love the fact that I’m able to create pieces that people can interact with and immerse themselves in.

What will you be bringing to Decentraland with ‘INSIDE Boxhead’? What’s the theme of the show?

I have been working on a series called ‘INSIDE’. It depicts three stages of the creation process – it’s a sneak pic inside Boxhead’s head. The three artworks are all set up inside the ‘box’. You will be able to see a smaller Boxhead inside Boxhead’s head. She’s struggling to get ideas, then to catch a thought, then to retain it! I always explore the notions of identity and selfhood in my work. What it means to be you. With ‘INSIDE’ I’m trying to bring light to the importance of mental health and I hope others resonate with it. For Decentraland I have recreated the same scene as in the artworks into a structural Boxhead in which people can step in and view the three artworks in the walls. Quite an Inception-style experience!

Let’s say you have your own gallery in Decentraland, which artists would you feature on the walls?

I would like ‘INSIDE Boxhead’ to become a gallery where I will show my work but also showcase some of my favourite people in the NFT scene in the future. I would like to collaborate with these artists to build inside the gallery and showcase their work. Some names are: Gaël Corboz, TheHiena, Jardine Sage, DALEK, Carol Jauregui, DIELA, Miriam Persand, Christina Lu.

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‘Up / Down’ by Boxhead

What does showing your work in Decentraland mean for you? Why is Decentraland important for digital art and artists?

I see Decentraland as the natural next step for my work. I love the fact that I’m able to create pieces that people can interact with and immerse themselves in.
We’re all gonna spend more and more time in the metaverse and the possibilities are almost endless. For any artist entering the NFT world platforms are important now but decentralisation is key for the future of the communities we’re building. Decentraland allows us to create our own open spaces where we can evolve as digital artists.

Cast your mind forward five to 10 years. How do you see digital art and NFTs evolving? And where do you see your own work headed in this space?

I see the digital art and NFT scene getting more and more mainstream recognition in the following years. It will soon be as important as the physical art world and will probably have prominence in the near future. I see more and more artist collectives being formed and more artist DAOs. I definitely see myself and my work being part of collectives and DAOs and I already have plans to bring my fashion design to the NFT world (I founded a sustainable fashion brand DOT+ABOVE).

There is no doubt NFTs are gonna change the world’s current socio-economic systems in the next five to 10 years. Many agents in different industries will benefit from the transparency and traceability of the blockchain.

‘INSIDE Boxhead’ launches on Day 7 of Art Week and should not be missed. For all other Art Week events and festivities, check out the Decentraland Events page.