I met Young-Tseng (“YT” to his friends) at a Rhizomatic Arts Hangout in Pomona in 2018, at the same time that I had just invited him to participate in Rhizomatic Studio’s Performance Lab. I was quickly won over by his quiet but riveting solo performances, and his willingness to support his peers in any way he could. For this month’s Artist Spotlight, I wanted to know more about how he sees a culture of sustainable arts practice developing today. YT says, “it’s empowering when I see and know artists who are doing more for themselves and other artists, and doing it with the values and practices they embody in their art making.”
Rhizomatic Arts spotlights artists who push us to think differently about how artists live and work. MARCUS CECILIO KUILAND-NAZARIO describes himself as “a Cultural Mercenary” and an “Art Doula.” He says: “I am less interested in ‘the field’ and more and more interested in ‘the field workers’. How can I help my fellow artists? How can I become a better artist?”
Looking into the near future, performance artist / musician / singer-writer / web series host / actor / comedian / acting coach / aspiring stuntwoman KYM PRIESS wants to see "art in general becoming more interactive and blurring the lines between forms [...] without losing respect for the individual mediums."
For "Avant-Electro-Soul-Singer-Performance Artist" KARINE FLEURIMA, "silence is just as important as good music. Art is a form of meditation and meditation is an act of resistance."
PAUL OUTLAW is a writer, singer, actor, translator, storyteller, and performance maker who says: “When I'm working on a "solo" project, I find myself longing for the support and sense of communion that can be enjoyed in group endeavors. But when I'm involved in a collaborative process, I can get impatient...”