As a non-binary person myself, I’m certainly biased when I say that I find some of the most enlivening artists working today just so happen to be non-binary; and whether it be this time of year, when we have Non-Binary Awareness Week, or just any day of the week, taking time to reflect on the creativity of those of us living outside the gender binary is always going to be a delight.
I spoke with a small selection of non-binary creatives, chosen for their guarantee to inspire artistry in all forms. Jonathan Lyndon Chase is an artist whose depictions of Black queer love have been shown at the LACMA, the Whitney, and the Brooklyn Museum, among other prestigious art institutions. Tallie Medel is an award-winning actor and educator, known for their appearance in Everything Everywhere All At Once and the cult comedy trio Cocoon Central Dance Team. Zoe Schlacter is an interdisciplinary artist and designer whose home goods inspire shoppers to live more playfully.
These creators envision more expansive worlds and challenge artistic norms in much the same way that they challenge gender norms in their everyday lives. Below, read their thoughts on the joy of creative challenge, the inspiration behind their day-to-day work, and what they look forward to in the future.