Residency: Pure Bathing Culture – Week 2

Read the Portland-based duo’s second and final entry.


Residency is a two-part journal entry brought to you by one of our favorite artists.

This week, Sarah Versprille of the Portland-based duo Pure Bathing Culture shows us her paintings.

Over the course of the last year I started making visual art for the first time in my life. It coincided with periods of time where we were working on writing songs for what is now our second record Pray For Rain. The urge to do it felt strange to me because it felt almost like a betrayal to the songwriting process, almost like if I spent time painting, that I would be ‘wasting time’ or doing something that was counter to the work involved in making a song. Dan helped me realize that it was actually a really helpful partner to that process and that if I took it seriously, that I could see it as a real accomplishment. He encouraged me to sign and date each piece and even name some of them. After a couple of weeks, I had a serious pile of pieces going (I’ve made over 50). So far I have only painted with watercolors and for the most part used only 6 x 6 or 8 x 8 squares.

Making art or music or any creative endeavor is sometimes harder than we think it will be. It’s easy to lose patience and feel overwhelmed by all the ancillary and difficult things that are inevitably a part of doing something that’s really hard. Sometimes it’s hard to listen to the voice inside of us that tells us to keep going when there are so many things surrounding us that make it easy to quit. Making these paintings was a way for me to connect with a part of myself that I needed to see more clearly. It was a therapeutic action. It helped to propel me forward during times when it was hard to see the future without fear.

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Read Pure Bathing Culture’s first entry here.

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