I recently read an article which proposed the sort of "why make" question to a series of different artists (an animator, dancer, performance, painter, etc etc.). Some reasons for their making included provoking empathy, connecting & participating in a larger human dialogue,the engagement of process, escape, harnessing/combating fragmentation of thought and feeling and so on and so on.
Among these was one response that resonated with me strongly, to my surprise. This particular artist said that his reasons for making were, mainly, unimportant. For him, the only thing that mattered was the endless, inner compulsion TO make, and that all else beyond that was merely speculation, although interesting (and obviously for this residency) to discuss. On any given day, he makes for a different reason than the day before. He spoke of not seeking to generate his "own propaganda" in respect to such a wild, variable factor.
I think the idea of this compulsion and its nature is interesting, It also seems to naturally cycle back around the question of "why?".