We had the good fortune of connecting with Rocio Alquati and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rocio, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
There are three quotes I have hanging in my studio space.
“Sell your soul not your whole self”
From a song by the neighborhood titled Afraid. The entire song is about imposter syndrome and fear. This particular line speaks to me about integrity. As an artist and creative you have to sell part of your soul in your work as it’s created and crafted with love and a part of you. However set your boundaries, you call the extent to which people have access to you. You do not need to do anything you do not wish to do and stick to your hard limits.
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Hoatrio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
This is a quote from William Shakespeare’s hamlet. The original emo boy of literature. I keep the quote right next to me when I work to remind myself that my own narrow vision of life isn’t all there is. As well as a reminder that whenever someone leaves ignorant comments that they cannot fathom what they do not know. You can only meet others as deeply as they have met themselves.
“You have bewitched me body and soul.”
Said by Mr.Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet in pride and prejudice by Jane Austin. A quote from my favorite work both in literature and film (05’) in this scene he is confessing his love to her as being almost out of his own control. It serves as inspiration for how I want my work to make others feel.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My creative pseudonym is Alquatica and my art is best described as a romantic dark fantasy. Take stories and tales from folklore and bring them to life as tangible beings on your screen. Folklore is embedded in culture and history as a way of passing time and shared knowledge; take for instance, Hansle and Grettle and the tale of the little red riding hood, both share the message of being wary of your surroundings and strangers who may appear friendly but have more nefarious intentions lurking underneath.
Recently, my work has taken off on the short video format platform, Tik Tok, with my spin on Maleficent (from the Disney movie of the same name) generating over 3 million views collectively. The amazing response by the community has been very validating as an artist and I hope to continue to create more fantastical works.
The journey to get here creatively was filled with personal growth and a shedding of a perceived need to have a perfect, clear, corporate-friendly image. An image I felt I had to be craft due to societal expectations, bullying, and my own ex-gifted child perfectionism. Shedding the layers behind this mask was painful, but a stage in life we all young adults must go through in order to live as our authentic selves.
The success behind my work originates from not shying away from what I like and my dark but beautiful blend of fantasy and folklore. I find my work speaks to the idea that we are all both comprised of bright light and voids of darkness. We often shy away from what is dark because it can be dangerous. It taps into something primal and innate that people seem to connect with deeply and perhaps cannot express themselves. I just choose to be willing Damned.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Actually… I do not like the city. I voluntarily decided to leave city life behind me for now.
leaving the city and also the toxic success ideals behind it, I, like many young folk, had this well-crafted idea that in order to make your mark in this world that you need to move to the city and make it there. The Frank Sinatra mantra may ring true for some things but in others, thanks to this digital world, can be developed outside of the grind and hustle that permeates the young adult culture in cities.
It was a difficult decision because I still wanted to peruse it and in my stubbornness worked myself Into the hospital for a month sick. After that, I packed my things and said I need to see the color green, and so I ended up in a green foresty mountain town. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Planned Parenthood, for all the work they continue to do for women and humanity overall despite all of the daily protests they are there, unwavering, to provide care.