I just caught up with Portland artist Stephanie Simek about her unconventional work and living situation: ‘I live in Portland, Oregon, in a former Hare Krishna temple that my partner Adam and I turned into an art and music space called Rererato. We host events about once or twice a week’. ‘My favorite part of the room is the stage area that has a beautiful scalloped cutout and peaks at the top. It is painted gold. It was like that when we moved in. Actually, every room in the house is painted a different, bright colour. I work on my own projects in the main room when it isn’t being used for shows’.