What if art were less about goals and more about living? The Art Life is a podcast and emerging philosophy exploring what it means to be an artist.
Each episode questions what art has to do with life: from nature to notebooks, from happiness to home renovations.
Your host Grace Gordon shares stories of how art weaves meaning into all that we do. 'Being an artist' can be a job, but also an identity, a lifestyle, and a reminder to spend time away from screens.
In conversation, The Art Life redefines ‘art’ as expansive, inclusive, and grounding.
This show is for everyone because everyone can be an artist. Tune in for art chats and interviews. We hope you’re inspired to adopt an art life of your own.
The Heart Part is the Hard Part (with Cesar Cardona)
Cesar Cardona (he/him) is a musician, actor, writer, and boxer. Today, he's celebrating the release of his debut album, THE HEART PART IS THE HARD PART. In Episode 84, Cesar and Grace discuss their years of collaborations and peer support, self-discipline for artists, finding new role models, and the spiritual journey that facilitated Cesar's album release. The art life is facing your shadow and opening your heart.
Is Art Therapy? (with Ameya Calvocoressi)
"This is my therapy," we say while entering the theatre. "That was therapeutic," we exhale after dancing out our stress. We know that art is healing, but can it truly replace therapy? In Episode 83 Grace talks with therapist Ameya Calvocoressi about the ways art can heal us, and how therapy can help us create better art.
Movement for Artists (with Athena Reddy)
You are not a selfie. You are not an image in a Zoom meeting. You are a body in three-dimensional space, with sensations and needs that are important to attune to.
Athena Reddy (they/them) is an actor, writer, and movement artist. Today, Athena returns to the show to talk about teaching the philosophy of movement.
The Art of Editing (with Lorrie Kim)
Lorrie Kim (she/her) is an author who loves editing. In Episode 81, she takes a break from book revisions to speak with Grace about sending useful writing feedback, beta reading, and how the “fan fiction economy” can foster better storytelling.
The art life is going word by word.
Minimalism for Artists (with Xandra Robinson-Burns)
A night owl and an early bird. An extrovert and an introvert. A maximalist and a minimalist. Grace and Xandra are opposites in many ways, and they’ve learned so much by celebrating those differences.
In Episode 80, Grace interviews Xandra about minimalism and its benefits for artists. Are you making room for what is most important?
What is "artivism", and how can we practice it in our daily lives? In Episode 79, Grace explores the intersection of artmaking and activism, and shares ideas for creating art in service of social justice movements. Raise questions, channel your rage, and inspire action in your art life.
The Art Life As Guide
What is the Art Life? The inquisitive, insightful, funny and dedicated podcast that challenges us to see the art in our daily lives. Grace and Xandra skillfully guides us on a journey of the artist, both within and around, and after listening to their embracing curiosity, you cannot help but take the journey and accept the challenge. All creators, this is a podcast for you.
What is the art life?
The art life is many things in my opinion. It’s an amazing entanglement of passion, love, critical thinking and of course, art.
We can all create art without being “artists”. Cooking a great meal for your family is art. Decorating your house is art. Reading a book is art (which creates thoughts and pictures in your mind while you read). And of course doodling, drawing, painting or sculpting something out of Play-Doh or even Legos is art.
Creating something, anything, is art. Creating nothing and standing still will only keep you and your state of mind where it currently is. If you want happiness, you need to create and cultivate that creativity, always.
A soothing return to what matters in trying times
Listening to these two banter about the Art Life brings me absolute delight. This is not just for “professional” artists, although both hosts are that, but for anyone seeking to reconnect with creativity in their soul.