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Puerto Rican Women Killing It in the Independent Art Scene: Dai Rojas

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UPRM chapter.

With the internet being so easy to access, it has become easier for independent artists to find an audience and let their work be known. As a result, a variety of movements, collectives and scenes have found a way to pave their path. The independent art scene in Puerto Rico is no different. Recently, many artists from a variety of disciplines have found platforms that have made it easier for them to share their work. In addition, small businesses such as Electroshock in Santurce and Rio Piedras, bars like Off The Wall in Mayaguez, and libraries like La Casita Books and Gifts in Aguadilla, have provided up-and-coming artists a space for them to display their talents. “Puerto Rican Women Killing It in the Independent Art Scene” are interviews which provide a glimpse at a few of the women who are making their way in said movement. Though the artists were asked similar questions, some were asked queries focused specifically on their work.

Adaira Rojas, better known as Dai, is a photographer and digital artist whose recent presentation, V E R S Á T I L I S, has been attracting folks from all walks of life. The following interview was conducted online.


(picture of the artist)


How did you develop your style and how has it evolved through the years?

With practice and constant experimentation. I do not try to put myself in a box when it comes to photography. There is no ONE style. Everything captured through the viewfinder will be a picture. Photography is not a language, but through it I can express everything I feel.


I’ve seen you have recently become an artisan of earrings and other items. How did that happen, and how is your unique style reflected in these works?

I was inspired by my ambition to create in as many mediums as possible.At the same time, I wanted to gain some money. Plus, I fell in love with clay. I used mushrooms as inspiration because they are mystical. Thus, making them into earrings makes one feel like there is nothing more representative of nature.


(work by the artist)


What do you think about the current state of the arts in Puerto Rico?

It is limited, but that is not an excuse to not create and make art on your own terms.


What do you think about the current state of the independent scene in Puerto Rico?

It has to stay afoot.


Is there any other form of art you wish to pursue? If so, what field and why?

Drawing and painting has attracted me for a while, and I have a few friends who do it. One day I decided to try it out, and I am slowly learning. It is a very enriching experience to be able to express myself through a medium different from photography. I want to continue evolving in this and any other medium that comes my way.


(work by the artist)


If a young girl came up to you and said she wanted to be an artist, what would be your advice for her?

I would tell her to experiment with what she likes and to not be afraid to fail. I would tell her to break the rules and to educate herself as much as possible. I would also tell her that everything she sets her mind to is possible, anything she wants to do or create.


What do you seek to achieve with photography?

Keep evolving. Every day is a new step learned. Create consciousness and awareness about different topics through photography.


(work by the artist)


What is your biggest goal right now?

Travel and paint with light every place I visit in order to provide the spectator a different way to observe and perceive their surroundings.


Follow Dai Rojas on Instagram and Facebook

All the pictures in this article can be found in Rojas’ Facebook page


Fernando E. E. Correa González is the author behind over 20 self-published poetry books. He has been published by literary magazines & journals [Id]entidad, El Vicio del Tintero, Sábanas Magazine, Smaeralit and Tonguas. Other than writing, Correa is also a filmmaker, podcaster, photographer and master’s student. He currently lives in his native Puerto Rico.