In InStyle's September issue, actress Elisabeth Moss shares her love of art and the Brooklyn artist that continually inspires her own creative process.
About six years ago, I moved to London to be in a play called The Children's Hour, and I came across Magma, a bookstore in Covent Garden that had Brooklyn artist Dan-ah Kim's work in the window. The art immediately drew me in. I bought a few pieces that day and then went home and ordered more prints and originals from Dan-ah's Etsy shop.
So much of her work is about the juxtaposition of femininity and strength, a duality that all women have. My favorite piece is of a hand holding a bouquet of flowers with a dagger hidden within. It's evocative because it shows something delicate disguising something incredibly tough.
The other one that I love was given to me by my mom and brother the summer I wrapped Mad Men. When I opened it, my jaw dropped because it's a picture of a girl in the stars taking off her collar. My character, Peggy, was known for wearing collared dresses, so it meant a lot to me as I was putting that role to bed. Now I hang Dan-ah's work in all my dressing rooms and trailers to help inspire each performance. All art is obviously open to interpretation, but it feels as if she and I are speaking the same language.
As told to Jennifer Ferrise.
Moss stars in Top of the Lake: China Girl, which premieres September 10 on SundanceTV. For more stories like this, check out the September issue of InStyle , available on newsstands, through Amazon, and for digital download now.