Interview with Rocío
Who or what has
influenced your work?
Life itself has drawn a line and has been the main influence for who I am
and what I do. There are so many friends and masters from the visual arts
community that have been so warm and generous in teaching me and inspiring
me along the way. I would need to write an e-book just to thank each of them
What are you feeling when you are working?
It depends what I am doing. When I am the teacher, I share all of my
knowledge so the process can be understood, and I focus on every individual.
I would like to recall what one of my students mentioned about me. He
describes me as "one of the most critical teachers that he has had in his
life". He said that I was able to find out what is the best and the most
difficult for each student, so we both can find the best approach to the
When I am working in my studio, it depends on how I feel that day, always I
feel joy because I am doing what I love most in my life. But most of them I
feel pain, but it is incredible how your own core can make that something
negative can have a transformation to be something beautiful.
What is your thought process when you are about to approach a piece or a
I am very critical with myself, so I try to be objective of what I am
working on so I can feel the freedom to express that, what I can not say
with words. I love to read and search for information about the subject that
I am working on. I join my ideas and my skills to elaborate/create new
designs. I do some sketches so I decide which one is the best to develop.
Also, I enjoy very much to work directly with the metal and then I create
anything that can flow. I find that the most difficult part is to decide
when the piece is already finished. When I have that feeling of the piece is
done, if I keep working, I know that I'll ruin.
I read that you have some vision difficulties, have you faced any other
adversity in your path to becoming an artist?
My visual problems have been my most faithful ally and companion, and it was
the main reason why I started to work with metals. I have learned to be a
strong person, and I feel it was what taught me how to be able to face the
adversities that I have actually. Until now, there has not been any obstacle
that could stop me, but I can not lie, sometimes it is not easy, and I feel
that I want to give up, but it is my artwork what rescues me. I only know
that I must live each day by day the best I can. My health problems has been
the path to become an artist and for what my life is.