ML: Creativity is such an outlet for people these days, and it’s often an overlooked skill. How does the creativity of your work help you outside the job?
ED: Being a culture worker means that I have a voice in society and a platform to share work that I care about and that intersects with important timely issues. This is more than enough to make my life feel meaningful. For example, the exhibition we just reopened with, Thirst Trap by the artist Sean Fader, is about the past 20 years of queer history, starting with public awareness of hate crimes against LGBTQIA individuals in the late nineties, to how a rise of recognition and rights crossed paths with the rise of the internet and social media. This feels important right now during Pride Month and at a time when we are fighting for Black Lives Matter because there are some parallels. I do not have many boundaries between work life and personal life, they’re all kind of wrapped up together. The former has (or had) more cocktails and the latter has more diapers, but they’re all kind of a continuum of things that I do and care about.
Thanks so much to Elizabeth. Check out her gallery here, which is open by Appointment in NYC. And if you’re a creative wanting a spot on the blog, email us! We love any story that shares some inspiration and lifts us up.