The Art Life

The Art Life
What if art were less about goals and more about living? The Art Life is a weekly 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 every Friday for art chats and interviews. We hope you’re inspired to adopt an art life of your own.

Nov 15 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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.