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Have you found it useful to live in a more secluded location when making art, especially when you're young, versus seeking out a community of like-minded people? I'm a student graduating university. I don't know where I want to live long-term but I think I might be interested in relocating somewhere strange and rural for a little while. On the other hand, maybe you or others have attempted that in the past and gotten dispirited. How has your artwork influenced where you live?

Feb 21, 2013
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Have you found it useful to live in a more secluded location when making art, especially when you're young, versus seeking out a community of like-minded people? I'm a student graduating university. I don't know where I want to live long-term but I think I might be interested in relocating somewhere strange and rural for a little while. On the other hand, maybe you or others have attempted that in the past and gotten dispirited. How has your artwork influenced where you live?

Just realized I didn’t actually post this during office hours…

There’s a whole section in Steal Like An Artist on this very subject. An excerpt:

[M]ost of my thinking and conversation and art-related fellowship is online. Instead of a geographical art scene, I have Twitter buddies and Google Reader.

You don’t have to live anywhere other than the place you are to start connecting with the world you want to be in. If you feel stuck somewhere, if you’re too young or too old or too broke, or if you’re somehow tied down to a place, take heart. There’s a community of people out there you can connect with.

I definitely recommend living somewhere cheap so you can get by on next to nothing and work as much as you can on your Thing.

More in the book: http://StealLikeAnArtist.com

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