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New Directions?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what a sustainable art practice looks like in terms of energy spent and how I’m working but also in terms of money and having something tangible to show for it. Although I love working in music and performance, it never really feels like I’m making a thing so much as like maybe growing as a person, sometimes in front of people; there isn’t much there in terms of tangible reminders of success. I feel like often a good performance begets more performances, if anything, so what happens when there’s a lull? I think it’s easy to fall into writing hundreds of proposals in lieu of doing the actual work; asking for permission instead of just Doing a Thing. I think it’s easy to feel like you’re spinning your tires.

In the past month I’ve attended two workshops, one with Articulate Ink to learn the basics of screen printing, and one with Ernie Dulanowsky (a.k.a. pulsewidth) to learn about building custom noise-makers. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve made a physical thing that isn’t a cassette tape. I think I miss it.

Over the next year I plan to continue making prints and custom noise-makers and effects alongside my performances. Hopefully this will help balance out my practice and lead to more opportunities to show my work. There’s also the possibility of an online store!