The Art Life

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.

Crafting a Business with Erika Lyremark
Jul 3 • 67 min
Xandra talks to sales and marketing expert Erika Lyremark (she/her) about bringing your art into your business. They discuss the value of understanding your own magic, what to do when you have too many ideas, creative packaging, and prioritising FUN!
Art & Healing
Jun 19 • 39 min
Artists are healers. Grace and Xandra discuss healing ourselves and the world through art.
Anti-Racism in Your Art Life
Jun 3 • 19 min
In this week’s mini episode, Xandra and Grace provide an information session on how to take anti-racist action in your art life. From diversifying your art consumption to hiring sensitivity readers, there are so many ways to help. Just a reminder:…
Grace Quantock’s Art Life
May 29 • 55 min
Grace Quantock (she/her) is a psychotherapeutic counsellor, writer, and storyteller. With Xandra, she discusses creating ways forward every day, marginalia, and therapeutic does of poetry. Grace recommends finding friends in bibliographies.
Anjelika Washington’s Art Life
May 15 • 56 min
Grace interviews actress Anjelika Washington (‘Tall Girl’, DC’s ‘Stargirl’). They discuss navigating an acting career with integrity, leaps of faith, and macaroni and cheese. We make history when we stand together.
Art & Control
May 8 • 36 min
Grace and Xandra are living in retreat mode! They discuss the balance between taking control and surrendering to life. When we’re experimenting, figuring out what we don’t want is a win.
Adam Fleischman’s Art Life
May 1 • 42 min
Grace interviews restauranteur Adam Fleischman about food: an artform that’s relatable to everybody. They discuss LA as a city about creativity, dinner parties, and literature. Devote everything to your art life.
Live-streaming for Artists with Katie Hawthorne
Apr 24 • 59 min
Katie Hawthorne is a music journalist and a PhD student, researching how digital tools shape liveness in performance. Xandra talks with her about the hierarchical live-stream economy, what makes theatre magical, and how to support musicians and theatre…
How to Choose What to Watch Next
Apr 17 • 41 min
Grace and Xandra discuss how they choose movies and tv for home viewing. With more space and time, we can be more in tune with what we need. Let this time inspire innovation and introspection.
Self Love for Artists with Amelia Fortes
Apr 10 • 56 min
Grace talks to self-love coach and healer, Amelia Fortes. They discuss healing for artists, but also how art itself is healing. Sometimes we bury the the things that bring us the most joy. Are you getting the whole cake or settling for crumbs?
Rorie’s Art Life
Apr 3 • 66 min
Xandra talks to singer-songwriter Rorie about her process as a musician, artists as people, and the joy of creating. Sometimes it takes years to find the right lyrics. Thanks, Rorie, for being our first guest!
Art Life in Quarantine
Mar 27 • 49 min
Xandra and Grace share how they’re doing, and what they’re doing during the coronavirus crisis. They reflect on what helps, and the value of art (and the post office).
The Pajama Life
Mar 13 • 30 min
Have you heard? Xandra and Grace adore pajamas. They share favourite PJ artists and sleepwear style stories. Travel light - but always pack pajamas!
Patreon for Artists
Feb 28 • 40 min
Xandra and Grace love Patreon! Grace shares her best advice for artists using this platform. Be authentic, build community, and please - browse a bookshop.
What’s In Our Notebooks
Feb 21 • 37 min
Xandra and Grace are analog girls. From morning pages to financial records, they share their paper notebook methods. Don’t forget to revel in the present moment, and recognise when you’re living your dreams! 🌟
Valentine’s Special
Feb 14 • 38 min
Xandra and Grace lead their first campfire special, sharing readers’ stories of gift giving! Holidays are an opportunity to be creative. Love is paying attention. Grace just wants to have fun.
Finding Your People
Feb 7 • 35 min
Be a fan of your friends - and the casting director of your life. Grace and Xandra discuss fostering your creative community. To find your people, it is necessary to be the initiator.
Pack Your Bags
Jan 31 • 41 min
Xandra is a minimalist. Grace is a maximalist. They both travel in style, whether in a fabulous vintage suitcase, or just a handbag. How light do you travel?
Let’s Go to the Movies!
Jan 24 • 46 min
Grace has a rule: Always get popcorn. She and Xandra memorable experiences at the movies, personal fashion resolutions, and the need for sacred cellphone-free spaces. What is your cinema-going personality?
We Need to Sort Out Our Priorities!
Jan 3 • 36 min
What’s the opposite of writer’s block? Too many ideas! Grace and Xandra discuss the need for both structure and freedom. Gryffindors and Slytherins alike need to sort out their priorities.
100 Books a Year?
Dec 27, 2019 • 42 min
To be read or not to be read? Xandra doesn’t set reading goals. Grace reads 100 books a year. They discuss how to set self-care goals and remove the ceiling on how good life can be. Go buy a pencil!
Art & Barter
Dec 20, 2019 • 41 min
Should we always charge for our work? When is it appropriate to skillshare? Xandra and Grace discuss the difference between bartering services and collaboration. Anyone want to teach Grace sword fighting?
The Ghost of Projects Past
Dec 13, 2019 • 39 min
Grace and Xandra are haunted by ghosts! The ghosts of their early work. But during the episode, they discover that they are haunted by another ghost too. They discuss embarrassment, homemade advent calendars, and the freedom of creating with frequency.
The Art of Admin
Dec 6, 2019 • 39 min
Xandra loves to make admin lovely - and gets asked about this all the time! She and Grace discuss book launch joy, food shopping strategies, and setting a mindset of enjoying admin. When in doubt, add a favourite beverage.
Tis A Gift to be Simple
Nov 29, 2019 • 53 min
Xandra and Grace wish you an artful season of giving! They discuss acts of service, the art of receiving, and celebrity arch-nemeses. A cliché for a reason: it’s the thought that counts.
Nov 22, 2019 • 67 min
Grace shares how art changed the way she relates to fitness. She and Xandra discuss caring for their bodies, 100 Days of Sweat, Wii Fitness, and favourite training montages. Stretch with us!
Nov 15, 2019 • 63 min
Grace resumes her meditation practice, Xandra does a no-tech weekend experiment. In this lullaby of an episode, they discuss letting writing sit, how to skill-share with reciprocity, and showing up to support the arts. Stillness is part of the process.
How Can Art Change the World?
Nov 8, 2019 • 60 min
What is the value of art in a world so chaotic? Grace and Xandra respond to a request to define what it means to be an activist. They offers action steps and starting points for anyone reading the news wondering ‘What can I do?’.
The Art of Dress Up
Nov 1, 2019 • 48 min
Dress up is passion for Grace, but also part of her profession as an actress. She and Xandra discuss connotations of the word ‘fashion’, perceptions of femininity, and kindness in Hollywood. What we wear tells a story.
Oct 25, 2019 • 37 min
Xandra and Grace record in person at LeakyCon Boston. They discuss showing up to support other artists, the intimacy of daily life, and nerdy summer camp Book 7 release stories. Long-distance friendships provides space for being your best self.
Airplane Mode
Oct 18, 2019 • 60 min
Xandra and Grace are about to take flight to reunite in person. They discuss the joys of wifi-free travel, define the in-transit attitude, and wonder about the science of airplane tears. The commute is a golden time for creativity.
Do Writers Enjoy Reading?
Oct 11, 2019 • 61 min
Do actors enjoy acting? Do podcasters enjoy podcasts? Do they HAVE to? Grace and Xandra balance being informed with staying inspired, their thoughts on mob movies, and why artists love reality tv. Gaining confidence in our preferences is an art in itself.
Night Owls & Early Birds
Oct 4, 2019 • 62 min
How do you wind down and wake up? Xandra and Grace discuss daily rituals, grounding practices, and the different times of day in which their creative energy shows up. They also swoon over bedtime stories, dream up a fictional day buffet, and navigate the…
Letter-Writing Legacy
Sep 27, 2019 • 51 min
Grace envisions Xandra as the heiress of a stationery empire (it’s almost true). This episode explores letter-writing as a personal art, note-sending styles, writing to incarcerated activists, and why there is a P.O. Box for this show.
Is Art Fun?
Sep 20, 2019 • 54 min
Grace shudders at the word ‘fun’. Xandra believes it to be essential. Is fun productive? Can you have fun and be taken seriously as an artist? They question societal expectations of fun, and explore their personal pleasures, with nods to The Princess…
The Yurt Life
Sep 13, 2019 • 49 min
Grace has just returned from a week in the wilderness, in which she slept in a yurt. For Xandra and Grace, nature is a necessity, in calm and through fear. It puts ego in perspective, and provides peaceful retreat from the usual noise. They also discuss a…
The Art of the Wander
Sep 13, 2019 • 50 min
Wandering is essential to Grace and Xandra’s art lives. They discuss making time for wandering with no agenda, how to balance technology with being present, and inviting others on wander-ful adventures. In wandering through this topic, they also surprise…
Am I An Artist?
Sep 13, 2019 • 47 min
What does it mean to be an Artist? What counts as Art? Grace and Xandra had very different perspectives on art as children. They discuss their identities as ‘artists’, and how art brings us together. This episode celebrates how art can embody inclusivity…
This is the Art Life
Sep 6, 2019 • 23 min
An epistolary introduction to The Art Life. Grace and Xandra tell their friendship origin story: Harry Potter, outfit appreciation, and Passion Planners included. They begin to redefine and reclaim ‘art’ and ‘achievement’, and welcome you into the studio.