I base all of my artistic endeavors off of intuition. I am human and I have primal reactions and thoughts that indicate my next action. When I feel to perform, I perform. When I feel to make, I make. Once, someone suggested that my art was my personal in the public. I feel that this rings true no matter what we do. My body is personal, my voice is personal, when I enter a space or speech comes out of my mouth, I am bringing the personal to the public. I could lie, but even in deceit there is truth.
At the center point of my life there is spirituality. I am fascinated by beauty. I am fascinated by what beauty does to the viewer. I like making beautiful things. My intuition tells me to make beautiful things, so I am making beautiful things. I feel most vulnerable when I make beautiful things, because what is beautiful is subjective to the viewer. I attempt to bypass this thought by creating a universal beauty from a place of honesty, fascination, and absurdity. I am a sensitive young man. I feel a lot of things at once and I am overwhelmed. I use my body; I am vulnerable. I am interested in the cycle of these emotions and my body. Physical exertion has always been something I’ve been interested in. I am intrigued by continuous action. Repetition breads discomfort, discomfort produces change.
Zachary Schoenhut was born on Long Island in 1991 and graduated from NYU with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in 2015. Zachary is an interdisciplinary artist working within a variety of mediums ranging from found object and stone to performance, theater, and music. Zachary has worked for artists including Andrey Bartenev, Christopher Makos, Leon Finley, Alexandra Zelman-Doring, and has been a participant at Robert Wilson’s Summer International Program at the Watermill Center in Watermill, New York.
Interview with the artist (PDF): Zachary Schoenhut