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 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.

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Xandra Robinson-Burns

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Writer & Literary Witch

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 leads Everyday Wonderland.

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

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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

May 27, 2022

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?

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May 13, 2022

Artivism

EPISODE DESCRIPTION: 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.

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Apr 22, 2022

Cashing In vs. Selling Out (with Valerie Lohman)

EPISODE DESCRIPTION: How will you know when you're ready to make a living off your art? Can you take commercial and influencer gigs without sacrificing your values? In Episode 78, Valerie Rose Lohman (she/they) joins Grace to talk money, imposter syndrome, and financial integrity. The art life is cashing in without selling out.

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Apr 08, 2022

Choose Your Own Love Story with Xandra Robinson-Burns

EPISODE DESCRIPTION: What are your favorite love stories? What fictional couples inspire you? In this feel-good episode, host Xandra Robinson-Burns returns to talk with Grace all about favorite love stories, the power of sincerity, and desire for slow-burning love in a fast-paced world. Create the romance you wish to see in the world.

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Mar 18, 2022

Finding Your Audience and Facing Your Fears (with Alan Lastufka)

EPISODE DESCRIPTION: Alan Lastufka (he/him) is one of the founders of DFTBA Records, a multimedia content creator, and the author of debut horror novel FACE THE NIGHT. In Episode 76, Grace and Alan discuss self-publishing, learning from role models and collaborators, and life-changing leaps of faith. What would you create if you weren't afraid?

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