Next to the episodes on the Back to the Drawing Board podcast, there exists The Bookshelf.
The Bookshelf is my gift to you. On Instagram, every first of the month, I share with you a book that reminds you how to look, gets you in touch with your creativity. These are not just books for artists, nor people who love art. They are books for people that want to learn to look, whether it's at veggies in the grocery store, or other people's body language. They are books that give you the permission to enjoy the mystery, embrace the curiosity and dive in deep. It is in this mystery that the best ideas come about. With that being said, book ten on The Bookshelf is..
33 Artists in 3 Acts, by Sarah Thornton
This one is funny. Not in the way that it will make you laugh, but in the way that it's a strange hybrid between being informative and being part of "The Real Housewives" series on the television. Organized in 3 acts (politics, kinship and craft), Thornton gives you a peak into the lives of some big names, such as Ai Weiwei, Yayoi Kusama, and Jeff Koons. Looking at the psyches, personas, politics, and social networks of the artists, Thornton attempts to answer the question: "What is an Artist?" I truly enjoyed this captivating read and I hope you can join me this month in reading together!
Intrigued further into the psyche and thought processes of other artists? I suggest episode 61 with Israeli artist Hili Greenfeld for you!