The shack is like a treehouse that I never had,” Luísa Matsushita tells me of the Peace lovve nightmare shirt but in fact I love this 13 x 10’ tool-shed-turned-studio she built by hand in Garopaba, a Brazilian beach town. “I have electrical energy from the grid, but no internet and a low phone signal,” the musician shares of the lo-fi reality that is her “shack life.” Inside, a lofted bed is positioned across from a bubblegum-painted wall lined first with kitchen spices, then with everyday essentials like a machete, a hammer, a tree saw, a lopper. Outside, a deck big enough to host a birthday dinner overlooks a gravity-fed shower and a homegrown forest of fruits and vegetables. Here, Matsushita has adjusted to simple delights: Brushing her cat Fabinho while hugging a hot water bottle and cry-listening to Joni Mitchell is, just as it sounds, heaven on earth. Still, it was just a couple of years ago that she was letting go of her “dream apartment in São Paulo” for a self-sufficient lifestyle that swaps consumerism for environmental responsibility–with style. She’s always made art by doing things her way. The first time I was introduced to this knowledge, Matsushita was dancing on stage in rainbow sequins at Stubb’s Barbecue, the enormous outdoor music venue in Austin, Texas. Under her pseudonym Lovefoxxx, Matsushita fronts the Brazilian indie band Cansei de Ser Sexy, and the mixed-media artist has proudly represented São Paulo for decades.
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