Share 1-3 things about your creative/conceptualizing process.
I use a research based practice to help me through any creative project. It’s important for me to contextualize the artifacts I could potentially make within a continuum of histories—present, past and future. For example, when I choose to make a zine, I very deliberately consider the ephemerality of zines because they reveal the nature of ideas too, which is to say, zines are not property, we can’t hold onto or posses them, they are meant to be shared just as there are no ideas that belong to us. They too are a part of a wellspring of historical and ancestral knowledge which we can simply tap into, channel and translate through our limited perspectives and understandings. For me, the zine making process is a highly spiritual and social process about meditating, studying and honoring history so I can ultimately exercise the practice of letting go, rather than perpetuate a sort of giving into the exclusionary citational and knowledge hoarding practices of academia and colonialism writ large. When I’m engaging in this kind of work, it looks like going through an archival process (either by way of conducting oral history and/or digitizing physical archival documents) then collaging the archive in zine format. There is much more to it, especially depending on who I’m collaborating with and how our individual practices coalesce, but that is the essence.