tldr: Most of my art is rooted in performance, subverting genres like stand-up, dance, aristotelian drama, performance art (or art-in-action) + experimenting with mediums like painting, collage, electronic music composition, video/photography, often working with (not for) an audience
My impulse to create is from a sort of anxiety that bubbles in me when I see something gorgeous and think, "I want to make something like that". A lot of my training is in drama & theatre, but I've been challenging myself to not be attached to forms. I play with making music and visual art, I make the performance of doing something the thing. I like to show that expression isn't that difficult, and feels good. It's all about people in a room, more or less. Performance enables bravery in regard to failure. We're in something together.
I love the John Baldessari idea of wrong. I can free myself to express in different mediums by subverting and disregarding my preconceived notions of how I'm supposed to make dance, paintings, or anything.
I’m drawn to making a lot of different things. I act. I write computer code. I paint. I'm trying to make sculptures like Bob Rauschenberg...I compile monthly analytic data. I dance. I am always learning and trying a great deal of things. Some things I'm quite skilled at; other things I do because I enjoy the trying e.g. playing the piano — I don't know any chords, but I know which notes are which, which is enough to improvise and have fun. I’m trying to manifest the future I want to see in the world: less pain and lonliness because of one’s insecurities, more resources and knowledge for people who historically haven't had any. Making art is a good way for me to activate people's empathy and form a community around an experience. My work as a producer, dramaturg, administrator, Wikipedia-article writer comes from the same impulse. When I make art I am thinking about how to craft:
I've found that I'm constantly changing my mind about who I am. I often have revelations about myself, then forget them...then rediscover something or remember another thing.
Theatre director JoAnne Akalaitis said that "chaos, not conflict, is the essence of drama". I take that literally as I do a lot of things. I enjoy the elements Akalaitis identifies: the illogical, the disruptive, the disturbing, and the reckless. Visually, I like messes. I like the juxtaposition of things that surprisingly go together. I have always been intimidated by visual art. But I’m pushing myself to be uncomfortable and try things, and forget the standards I agreed to at some point. Attached is a sketch I made on Evernote showing the difference between chaos and conflict.