Today we’re joined by Rochyne. Rochyne is a phenomenal visual artist whose art almost defies definition. It’s a fascinating combination of physical objects, performance, and stories. It’s almost abstract in its presentation. It’s clear Rochyne is a dedicated and imaginative individual with a unique vision. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about
My art used to be on paper, and then it became objects, now
it seems to live in the place between stories, performance and interactions.
A little bit of my website blurb:
My work is about sharing knowledge; expanding expectations;
uncovering what has been there all along; providing a moment where nothing else
is important; testing boundaries and learning what can be done with what
happens to be there.
It involves imagination, participation, movement, journeys,
interaction, perspective, a contrast of soft and hard. Usually made on my own,
I give my pieces to the world and the people, and let them discover what both
the object and themselves can achieve. I want to open eyes; initiate freedom;
spark a new way of thinking.
What inspires you?
People, places, sounds, words, stories, feelings. Anything
Recently the outdoors, climbing, birds, the sky, falling,
failing have all been in the forefront of my mind.
What got you
interested in your field? Have you
always wanted to be an artist?
I have always had an interest in art, I just find it hard to
fully commit. I stumbled upon the sort of in-between field I find myself in.
having a performative aspect in my art, I found the MA course I am just
finishing (Performance Design) and from that, what I consider my art, or art in
general, to be has broadened massively.
Do you have any kind
of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work
that you’d be willing to reveal?
I think rather than a unique signature, my work mostly
always includes some type of conversation or invitation.
I also like cubes.
What advice would you
give young aspiring artists?
Don’t talk yourself down. Your art is worth it, and your
time is not being wasted.
Work hard, be honest and find people who inspire you.
Don’t be afraid to get a ‘real job’ on the side, as long as
it doesn’t sap all of your energy.
Talk, reach out, value others art.
Where on the spectrum
do you identify?
This is a difficult question as I am not really sure. I
think I identify as asexual some days and maybe less so on others. But mostly I
quietly think of myself as asexual.
It’s a process I am still working through, so I sometimes
find it awkward to speak about, and this, in my mind, means I may not have
fully realised whereabouts my identity sits. As a general rule, I don’t enjoy
assigning fixed labels; I believe most things exist in a fluid notion. So I
guess to sum up; asexual-ish.
Have you encountered
any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
Ignorance for sure, I think I just try to handle it by
opening a dialogue inviting the ideas of identities all existing on a spectrum,
if they can’t get their head around that I think I try to accept that they
might not be open to those ideas. I haven’t experienced any openly
aggressive/abusive responses, and I hope to never have to deal with these.
What’s the most
common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That they don’t exist. This is frustrating, and I think just
a sign of the times and that we don’t talk enough. More dialogue around so many
topics would help people hiding away and feeling that they are alone.
I find it frustrating when people associate asexuality and
aromatic incorrectly, its an assumption that people shouldn’t have the freedom
What advice would you
give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their
As hard as it may be, accepting and talking can be helpful.
Also just to tell them that they are not broken.
Finally, where can
people find out more about your work?
Thank you, Rochyne, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.