In Their Words:
“Why I create:
To put it simply, I can’t help it. It comes naturally now. I don’t know how to not do it.
To tell stories
To affirm my existence, harness my own power and make it known that I will not be erased or silenced
On Creating as Release
Creating is a form of introspection and self-analysis for me. Having grown up in a homogenous Anglo community where heteronormativity, racism and binaries reigned supreme, it was difficult for me to find my place. Instead of speaking up, I would turn to drawing, poetry or music as a way of resisting the constant demand to conform and, as a result, allow myself to expel all the relentless microaggressions that would so carelessly be thrown around. In retrospect, being confined to such a caustic environment really helped catalyze my passion to create and led me to seek out ways to harness that passion.
I create as a release. A release of energy, release of emotions, release of self. It’s such a paradox to feel so heavy and invisible at the same time. I just try to find some way to alleviate that. I choose creating as a form of release so that, in the end, I can feel completely exhausted and just let my mind be empty- if only for a short while. Of course, that never really happens. A new idea always pops up and it’s on to the next project. But the thought of emptying all that’s inside and basking in that emptiness is so enticing that I can’t deny myself the luxury of trying each and every time.
On Identity and Creating
As I grow and discover more about my identity and how that identity fits in the larger canvas, I’ve become more intentional in regards to what I create. As a queer, undocumented, trans person of color, I’m so acutely aware of the presence of marginalization and the importance of intersections of identities. I try to be as authentic as I can with my art, so that it reflects parts of my whole, and in turn, affirms my existence. I understand my responsibility as a “maker” to humbly tell the stories of my community, my roots and to share my own experiences. I proudly own that responsibility and with every piece I create, I want to challenge viewers to dissect, to dialogue and most importantly, to feel.
Although formally trained in architecture, I’ve always found it difficult to just focus on one form of creating. I strayed from architecture to digital graphics and even now I continue dabbling in all types of art as they all fascinate me. Anything from painting, to photography, to poetry, to videography, to baking. Keep it coming, I say. There’s no such thing as too much when it comes to creating things that make you feel good.
Who: Rommy Torrico
Where: Florida via Iquique, Chile
Medium(s): Visual art
Undocumenting: ” Any tips for artist that are undocumented?”
1) Surround yourself with people who believe in you and constantly inspire you
2) Learn as much as you can from other artists and reach out to them
3) Ask for constructive criticism, but at the end of the day, regardless of what is said, always know that what you’ve made is a masterpiece. Be proud.
4) Never stop creating.
5) I have no idea what a real artist is. All I know is that if you’ve got passion, creativity and the desire to make things that come from your heart, then you are an artist. That’s real enough for me.
Undocumenting: 3 books that have influenced/impacted you?
Rommy: Aleph by Paulo Coelho, All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks, and Salt by Nayyirah Waheed
Undocumenting: Artist that inspire your work?
Rommy: Carlos Cortez, Dasic Fernandez, Marie Jiménez, Beehive Collective, Brigada Ramona Parra