Suzanne Broughel: bathtub as studio

Rich Johnson, Sarah Rowe, & Suzanne Broughel

October 31, 2014

In this Creative Conversation, Rich, Sarah and Suzanne talk about the behind-the-scenes of their art-making: workspaces, inspiration, and transcendence.


Rich Johnson

During the music-making process, it’s very important for me to have the right lighting. For me this means dim lights (never too bright), colored lights, and a candlelight. This setup really helps me “let the creative juices flow” and aids the transcendence I’m looking for when diving deep into a song. I’m not exactly sure why or how this method works for me, but it’s something I’m grateful for and sometimes not willing to compromise on!


Rich Johnson's studio

Rich Johnson’s studio


Rich Johnson's studio

Rich Johnson’s studio



Sarah Rowe

When reflecting on my studio I realized how many reminders of my teacher exist in the space. For two years, I studied with master potter Keiichiroh Sato in the rural mountain town of Obuse, Japan. Mr. Sato has been an amazing mentor and we continue our relationship to this day. As I struggled on the pottery wheel during the early months of my apprenticeship in his studio, he would always offer encouraging advice and demonstrations. He also taught me about magic and intricacies of reduction firing in a gas kiln, and the spontaneity and unpredictability of pit firing. I feel lucky to have studied with such a caring, skilled and talented artist. As I work on the table he created, and with the tools he handcrafted, I am transported back to his studio in Japan. These elements serve as reminders of the importance of a life long connection between teacher and student.


Sarah Rowe: studio detail

Sarah Rowe: studio detail


Sarah Rowe: studio detail

Sarah Rowe: studio detail


Sarah Rowe: studio detail

Sarah Rowe: studio detail



Suzanne Broughel

I make my work in different settingson a tabletop, on-site in a gallery, in 24-hour copy shops. My inspiration comes from disparate places—daily interactions with people, social media conversations, books. I love to observe what is on display in local stores, especially discount stores, thrift stores, and drugstores—to think about how it reflects on our times socio-politically and culturally. To see how these values are reflected in material—in a commodified world.


Most of my work starts in my mind long before it comes to fruition. Creativity often peaks at moments of deep relaxation. For me, hot baths are really conducive to this. All of the information I’ve been taking in and processing suddenly comes together—to the point that I sometimes find myself making sketches in the bathtub.


Suzanne Broughel: materials and influences

Suzanne Broughel: materials and influences


Suzanne Broughel: bathtub as studio

Suzanne Broughel: bathtub as studio





Johnson_RichardRich Johnson is a sound designer, clarinetist, and teaching artist based in NYC, performing regularly throughout New York in a variety of ensembles. He studied clarinet with Alan R. Kay at the Hartt School of Music, and holds a B.M. in music technology from NYU. Read The LP interview with Rich here.


Rowe_SarahSarah Rowe is a ceramic artist who apprenticed in a traditional ceramic studio with master potter Keiichiroh Sato.  She recently received her MFA in Ceramics from Lehman College. Read The LP interview with Sarah here, and visit her on the web at



Broughel_SuzanneSuzanne Broughel is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York. She is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and A.I.R. Gallery, and was a resident artist in the 2010 Triangle Artists Workshop. Broughel is a member of the tART feminist art collective. Read The LP interview with Suzanne here, and visit her on the web at


Dawn McGee: Catalyst, Former Board Member, and People Mover

October 30, 2014

Our 2014 People Powered $10K Challenge kicks off on Monday, November 3rd. We got in touch with Dawn McGee, founding board member, Catalyst, who rocked the $10K Challenge last year. Read on to find out more!


You were a founding board member of The LP. Can you tell us how you first became connected with the organization?

I met Risë Wilson in Philadelphia soon after I graduated from college. At that time she had already begun nurturing the seeds of the idea that would later become The Laundromat Project. Several years later we bumped into each other in Brooklyn, which we had both made our home.


She was ready to build The LP—applying for an Echoing Green fellowship and looking to learn about laundromat operations. I connected her with my brother, an Echoing Green alumnus, and told her about a course I’d seen on laundromat operations at the Learning Annex. We stayed in touch as I began business school at NYU Stern and she prepared to make The LP a reality.


After becoming an Echoing Green fellow, one of the many things Risë focused on was raising money to support her vision. Stern had a social venture business plan competition with generous prizes for teams that included Stern students and alumni. I offered to help with an entry for The LP and that eventually led to Rise inviting me to join the founding board.


What attracted you to board service with The LP?

Joining the board was a no-brainer for me. I was in business school to pursue a career investing in social ventures and supporting social entrepreneurs. Rise was an ideal social entrepreneur to support—I knew she’d make her vision reality. Rise’s vision for sustainability through earned income also really resonated with me as a business-minded person.


What about The LP’s mission / vision resonated with you most?

There was a lot that I didn’t understand about The LP when I joined the board. I remember finding it amusing that I was on the board of an arts organization because, in many ways, I had more in common with the people Rise hoped to reach with The LP than with others on the board. I, too, thought of art as something that lived on a pedestal in fancy institutions where I didn’t feel I belonged: I, too, thought of art as something that others did, not something that was for me.


But I understood the mission well. I understood that the first step to creating change in one’s life is having the capacity to envision a different future for oneself. It was my father’s capacity to envision a future different from that of everyone he knew that had led to all of the opportunities I had had in my life.

In addition, my experience with athletics (I was a competitive athlete from middle school through college) had demonstrated to me how experiencing transformation in one aspect of my life made it such that I knew I could make change in other aspects of my life.


So, it made sense to me that similar results could be achieved through realizing a potential to make art, but this was an intellectual understanding until I began to see The LP’s programming in action. I think the thing I love most about my continued close relationship with The LP is how it continues to develop my understanding of art as a tool for individual and social change.


Has your involvement with TheLP changed your perspective on artmaking and creativity? In what way?

Absolutely! Before The LP, artmaking was something I thought should be reserved for a select group of Artists (note that capital A). My relationship with The LP and Risë taught me that we are all artists.


These relationships have also taught me that artmaking nourishes us and can lead to broader perspectives and more richly experienced lives. I’ve also broadened my definition of art. I now see the potential to turn anything into part of an artmaking practice.


I love it! What’s The LP value that keeps you excited and engaged in our work?

I love all The LP values but the following resonate with me most strongly: Collaborative and Cross-Pollinating by Design and Propelled by Love


You were one of our biggest stars during last year’s $10K Challenge, raising almost $2000 from 28 donors. What was your secret? Can you offer any tips for our team this year?

I used the Challenge as an opportunity to sing the praises of an organization and people I admire greatly. And then I asked folks to give money more times than I was comfortable. Many more times than I was comfortable!


We definitely appreciate your persistence and commitment! What is your neighborhood? What’s your favorite thing about it?

We live in South Park Slope across from the park between Prospect Park’s bandshell and the neighborhood movie theater. I love where we live and it’s hard to share only one favorite thing about our neighborhood. But I’ll do it: one of my favorite things about where we live is our proximity to Prospect Park. We’re almost always surrounded by people having fun: children playing in the playground, families and friends having barbecues, borough residents enjoying an outdoor concert. It’s really beautiful.


Where do you do your laundry?

I gratefully do my laundry in our kitchen now, but I was a longtime customer of the Fort Greene laundromat at the corner of South Elliott and Fulton. I loved the people who owned that laundromat and those who worked with them. We communicated mostly through smiles, nods, and points, but it was enough to develop a connection. I was a loyal customer for the 10 years I lived in Fort Greene.


What have you been reading lately?

Yoga: A Gem for Women, by Geeta Iyengar

Mastery, by Robert Greene

Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


What song gets you going when work is hard?

Run This Town, Jay-Z ft Rihanna & Kanye West.


What is your favorite book, film or song about NYC?

We Live in Brooklyn Baby, by Roy Ayers


What’s your favorite food?

Peach cobbler.



Chloë Bass & Alison Kibbe

October 23, 2014

Alison Kibbe and Chloë Bass met in person over food and drinks, enjoyed their time together at the table, and wrote a series of notes back and forth discussing art and identity. These images are the result of their process.





















ChloeBass2014Chloë Bass is a conceptual artist working in performance, situation, publication, and installation who “seeks to investigate the potential of the everyday as a catalyst for intimacy.” Read The LP interview with Chloë here, and visit her on the web at



Kibbe_AlisonAlison Kibbe is an artist, administrator, educator, and community organizer, interested in weaving together performance, oral history, scholarship, and activism to co-create experiences that allow people to access their strength and creativity. Read The LP interview with Alison here, and visit her on the web at