Artists have equated the state’s wide-open spaces and remove with freedom—to experiment, to be themselves, and to veer boldly away from trends or norms.
“A lot of the buzz in your peripheral vision that you get in bigger cities disappears, so it makes your thoughts and ideas much more intentional.”
“New Mexico is a choice of somewhere to live and to work, rather than being a necessary place to live and to work.”
Header image: Portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe with a canvas from her series, “Pelvis Series Red With Yellow,” in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1960. Photo by Tony Vaccaro/Getty Images.