At Artopia, Torres is showing 12 mixed media drawings, collages that she calls her "safe circus," because they are free from danger or harm.
It's the opposite of characters she did previously, she says, which were more human and featured more genitalia in the drawings.
"Some people would be completely overwhelmed by the urban artiness of it," Torres says. "Other people would be really scared, or taken back, or probably just disgusted."
Torres won't be at Artopia, however, during the early hours. She'll be performing as a belly dancer at the Frenetic Theater.
"It's a show of contemporary belly dance. It mixes fashion design and body painting," Torres says. "Ultimately, it was my search to find other people using the formal practice [of belly dancing] in different ways."
She adds, "Belly dancing, I think, is seen more as a restaurant-style dance or very folkloric or gypsie-like. But what I do is nothing like that."
This spring, Torres has a five-week project at Labotanica where she plans to hang her characters on the wall and create costumes from those drawings. The whole thing will culminate in a live performance.
"I'm still an emerging artist. I'm just trying to accomplish being able to do my creative work," Torres says. "My life as joining these art forms is really just in its birthing stage."
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