If you’re an artist, then the city in which you live can be crucial to your practice. Low costs of living are key, especially since many artists need to pay rent for studio space on top of their living accommodations, leaving traditional artist havens like New York and Los Angeles increasingly unaffordable for people trying to build careers in the art world. But for creative people, a city can offer much more beyond cheap lofts. Where you live and work can offer inspiration, a sense of community, and the relative solitude required to focus on your work. And thanks to the internet, you no longer need to live and work in a major cultural center to get your work noticed. Here, nine artists share how the cities they live in influence their careers.
Emma Rogers - Marfa, Texas
The landscape here is so striking, so interesting, it makes for a really great subject. The community supports the arts and creative endeavors, much more so than any previous cities I’ve lived in. There's an unusually high concentration of makers, thinkers, and artists here, and combined with the daily influx of visitors from all over the world you're never at a loss for creative or inspiring conversations. This place also allows me to hole up and get to work in a way that I was never quite able to achieve while living in San Francisco or Istanbul. Of course, living in a town of 2,000 has its downsides, with limited access to housing, supplies, and studio space. But I like living and working in Marfa, as the landscape and people make it an inspiring and continually compelling place to be an artist.