Q & A

Five Minutes with Daisy Bousquet-Desrosiers

The director of artist programs at Colby’s Lunder Institute for American Art on her weekly splurge, her pandemic pick-me-up, and her go-to New Wave romance.

Daisy Bousquet-Desrosiers
INTERVIEW BY JEN DEROSE
PHOTOGRAPHED BY DAVE DOSTIE
scarves on a vintage wooden coatrack

I accumulate…

scarves in silk, linen, cashmere, or merino wool when I travel. I adore the softness and the way they can make an outfit. Each has a story and reminds me of a special person or day spent in a foreign city. I hang them on a vintage wooden coatrack by my front door.

piles and piles of art books on a coffee table

On my coffee table are…

piles and piles of art books! I’ve moved three times in the last five years, and my book collection makes me feel at home wherever I am. These days, I’m spending lots of time with This Little Art by Kate Briggs, a poetic and complex reflection on translation. $20. leftbankbookshop.com

Jules et Jim French film poster

“I’m from Montreal, so I have a soft spot for French cinema, especially this romantic drama. In Waterville, I go to Railroad Square Cinema and the Maine International Film Festival.”

emerald-green water glasses

I set my table with…

emerald-green water glasses I picked up at Camden’s Sugar Tools. They’re especially beautiful on white linen when I host guests. The weight is perfect. $14 each.

flowers from Waterville’s The Robin’s Nest in a vintage glass jug from Hathaway Mill Antiques

Every week I…

arrange flowers from Waterville’s The Robin’s Nest in a vintage glass jug from Hathaway Mill Antiques. As a “flower” myself, I can’t resist being surrounded by them.

hand-printed cards by Portland’s fabulous Pickwick Independent Press

During the pandemic, I’ve been…

corresponding with loved ones the old-fashioned way. I keep these hand-printed cards by Portland’s fabulous Pickwick Independent Press on hand to brighten people’s days. $30 for 10.

Portland artist Sascha Braunig’s Witch Hunt

A prized possession is…

my friend, Portland artist Sascha Braunig’s Witch Hunt above my blue living room sofa. 2018, silkscreen on heavyweight Coventry Rag, 20″ x 17″, $2,200. marginaleditions.com


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