Culture365 Q & A: Y. E. Torres

Submitted by STintern1 on Thu, Mar 3rd at 9:49 pm

I’m back with another entry in our Culture365 Q & A series. This week we are featuring artist Y. E. Torres (ms. YET), who is not only a Culture 365 member, but also Spacetaker artist advisory board member. She is a multi-disciplinary artist of the following flavors: visual art, dance, costume design, photography, curation and collaboration on a wide range of projects. Torres received a BFA in Drawing & Painting and a BFA in Fashion Design from the University of North Texas. She has exhibited her work at museums and galleries that include Diaspora Vibe Gallery in Miami, Contemporary Art Association in Chicago, Art House Gallery in Atlanta, and Lawndale Art Center in Houston. Torres has curated performances at Avant Garden in Houston and has worked on arts-related projects as a studio assistant to William Betts and as an artist’s model for Dick Wray, Ben Tecumseh DeSoto, Traci Matlock, Ashley MacLean, and Dr. Sketchy Houston. All this information and much more can be found in Y. E. Torres Spacetaker profile. 


ms. YET shares with us some of her experiences and knowledge in this week’s Culture365 Q & A.



You’re a visual artist, dancer, costume designer, photographer, curator and collaborator on a wide range of projects; what do you enjoy doing the most?  


(ms. YET)


Because I am multi-disciplinary, I typically 'most enjoy' whatever it is I am working on at the moment! Right now that is my belly dance/guitar duo (ms. Sandy & ms. YET), performing to Bluegrass & Gypsy/Carnie fascinations with Hilary Sloan and Jo Bird (the most amazing fiddle players around!) and working through new collages from the eye-candy delectably series. I also favor the film and photography work I've done alongside Chris Nelson (Nelson Creative) and Jonathan Jindra (Binarium Productions). I also REALLY enjoy teaching my weekly belly dance classes at YogaOne Studios and Del Espadin Flamenco & Spanish Dance Academy (Soraya's School of Belly Dance).  


You’re also a Spacetaker artist advisory board member. What are your responsibilities as a Spacetaker artist board member and what has your experience been like so far?

(Image: eye-candy delectably - Y. E. Torres (in collaboration with Raghu Knagala), 2010)



My responsibilities as a ST AAB member are: helping to curate WHAM as well as the Spacetaker ARC, helping to select artists for the SPEAKeasy programming, promoting the Spacetaker Artist Registry, events and overall community. I have also helped to gently mentor two artists in respect to showing their artwork via Spacetaker's events. I have been an AAB member since it's inception, which was over a year ago. The experience has been extremely rewarding and absolutely FUN!



What do you believe the body can communicate through dance? 



I believe the body can communicate emotion as well as physical strength through dance - regardless of the dance being narrative and/or an improvisation. For me, I am constantly investigating creating life out of line so my dance/movement consistently expresses intense emotion, shape and line quality and extended techniques.



What infuses your belly dancing techniques? 


(ms. Sandy & ms. YET at NMASS, 2010)


My bellydance/movement technique is a merging of Oriental dance, Yoga posturing, extended muscle isolations and layering, and improvisation alongside a performance art, sideshow and burlesque aesthetic. I consider myself to be a musician whose body is her instrument.



What does your future as an artist look like? 

slither - Torres/Jindra Frame Grab from honeyEcstacy, 2010 

(slither - Torres/Jindra Frame Grab from honeyEcstacy, 2010) 


My future as an artist looks purple and pink alongside the word honeyECSTACY. Currently my work is influenced by collaborations - be it alongside musicians, filmmakers, photographers or regurgitating old drawings and paintings into new ones. Because I am multi-disciplinary I intend to continue to engage in the opportunities that allow me to investigate and display my unique collaborations.  




To learn more about Y. E. Torres, make sure to check out her Spacetaker profile. I want thank Y. E. Torres for taking time out of her busy schedule and answering my questions. And thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed it. See you next week for another informative Culture365 Q & A. Best of luck in your life endeavors.




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