Quinha (Érica Mukai Faria) is an artist whose practice is informed by 15 years of experience in the medical field. Her work examines the entangled relationship between the hope and despair of everyday life.
Quinha also makes sculptures using clean, expired materials from the hospital or found in her neighborhood to study aspects of embodiment including human physiology, shared memory, the care of bodies, and how the body performs work over a lifetime.
Born in Campinas, Brazil and raised in New Jersey by a single mother, Quinha became an EMT as a teenager and studied Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. After visiting family in rural Brazil, she pursued a Bachelors in Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. Quinha has worked as an ER nurse in Philadelphia through the Covid-19 pandemic and is currently pursuing her MFA at Bard College with a focus in painting.
In 2018, Quinha began apprenticing master tailor Larnell Baldwin to learn traditional pattern-making techniques in order to create garments or body-shaped packages. That same year, she founded the Philadelphia Packaging Company- a creative collective of nine friends who invite participation with projects that generate offline connectivity and interdependence among their communities.
Together, they assemble ideas into meaningful objects.