As many of us find ourselves in a newfound forced state of solitude, it’s difficult to grapple with the threat of inevitable boredom. But there’s a reason that among the tropes we associate with creative people—’the tortured genius’, ‘the repressed loner’—the notion of the reclusive artist persists: Not only does good art often come from bad times, it also comes from self-reflection.
Swedish cinematic auteur Ingmar Bergman produced psychological drama Persona, as well as the bulk of his other cult films, on the remote island of Faro. Yoko Ono and John Lennon protested for peace from the comfort of a hotel bed. George Orwell wrote 1984 in a farmhouse on the Scottish island of Jura while suffering from Tuberculosis, and Joseph Cornell made his assemblage art from the comfort of his mother’s basement. And it’s not just the history of art that’s peppered…