This is The Art Life

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 hosts are actress Grace Gordon and essayist Xandra Robinson-Burns. They share 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.

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Xandra Robinson-Burns

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Writer & Protagonist of Heroine Training

Xandra writes about daily life, being the heroine of our own stories, and finding wisdom in what we do for fun.

She also hosts What’s Your Favorite Part? and Read by Xandra, and leads Everyday Wonderland.

Xandra lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and records The Art Life in the morning.

Keep in touch through her newsletter.

Grace Gordon

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Actress, activist, and art model.

Grace Gordon is a full time actress, activist, and art model.

Known for playing the ‘vivacious bad girl with a heart of gold’ in a wide array of LGBTQ, fantasy, and horror films, all of Grace’s work is dedicated to fostering community and healing through art and storytelling.

Grace lives in Los Angeles, California, and records The Art Life at midnight.

To learn more about her, visit her work on Instagram (@gracegordonofficial) and IMDb.

Recent Episodes

Oct 16, 2020

Inclusive Reading Goals

Grace and Xandra are delighted to take a Reader Request: How can we read more inclusively? They explore the challenges and necessity of this intention, and some simple ways to get started. The art life must be inclusive.

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Oct 02, 2020

The Art of Endings

Grace opens up about her decision to leave Patreon. She and Xandra discuss creating endings on good terms and the editing process. How do you gain closure when a project ends?

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Sep 18, 2020

Bernard K. Addison's Art Life

Bernard K. Addison (he/him) is an actor and theatre teacher. With Grace, he discusses teaching, rest, theatre in quarantine, and the rehearsal process for The Ballad of Emmett Till. The art life is finding your song.

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Sep 04, 2020

A Year in The Art Life

What is the art life? Grace and Xandra answered that question 42 times in the past year! In this one-year anniversary episode of The Art Life, they bring back the epistolary format to discuss how the show (and their art lives) have evolved.

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Aug 21, 2020

The Art of Joy

Grace and Xandra love doing self-development work. But what does it mean to truly experience joy? They discuss trusting intuition, Obsessions Only, and how they're living their middle school dreams. Are you?

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