In 2004, I spent quite some time in theaters, both on and off stage. I performed with various ensembles but most memorably in a show my brother directed brilliantly. Kristan crafted an amazing production of Mac Wellman’s A Murder of Crows with defunkt theater’s crack design team. He cast me as a crow—and, oddly enough, it was not actually the first time I had played a blackbird on stage.
My brother also asked me to paint the backdrops for the piece, wall hangings whose combined dimensions were twelve by fifty-two feet. Painting with the canvas laid out on the floor, I experienced the glee of Pollock and any action painter who has followed in his paint-stained footprints.
To see where 2004 took me conceptually, check out Snow Days, a series of portraits of television news personalities.