Name: Lauren Tresp
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Writing for The since: 2013
1. Where are you from?
2. What is your favorite thing about New Mexico?
It feels real. I feel closer to the earth, closer to the people around me, like I can breathe freely. It feels more grounded than anywhere else I’ve lived.
3. What are you reading/watching/listening to lately?
I recently watched the 1999 docudrama Wisconsin Death Trip, based on the eponymous book. It contains photographs and dramatizations of macabre incidences that happened in Black River Falls, Wisconsin in the late 19th century. The voiceover is made up of quotes about these events taken from the newspaper at the time. It’s bizarre, lyrical, darkly funny, and poignant.
4. What’s your favorite piece you’ve done for The Magazine?
My Field Report on Naoshima, the art island of Japan. Not only was the experience of being there so magical, and it was so challenging to try to capture in words, but I received many letters from people who were moved by it, or related to it, or who were planning their trip to go there. It was a nice reminder that the community of the art world is so small, and that we actually don’t have these experiences in isolation.
5. What are you looking forward to this year?
Fulfilling some of the goals I have for The Magazine and expanding the role of this business. Making it the best version of itself it can possibly be. Gathering people together. Talking about art. Asking questions.
6. What are you done with this year?
Check out all of Lauren’s The writing here.