Well it's Art Basel week and the final contest for Herradura's barrel art project is coming to a finish. It's truly been an honor being involved in this amazing program and I really learned a lot from working on my barrel and learning from all of the artists involved. When I think back at this whole experience I think about all of the new friendships I have developed through this and seeing the world a bit differently.
I also think about my family and good friends that have helped me throughout this experience wether it be showing moral support or helping me move the barrel around the backyard or playing congas to inspire me and remind me of my roots and where I came from.
The day after I won the Miami prize I thought it would it be interesting to post the barrel up in different parts of the city of Miami in places that mean a lot to me and where I grew up. Every part of me started here. My first art class, my first art fair to where my parents first stepped foot in this country. It all started here. I hope you enjoy the photos. Thank you for letting me share this experience with you - Kiki Valdes