Elisabeth Moss Hangs This Brooklyn Artist's Work in All Her Dressing Rooms
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.