When the hustle gets hard, let the hustle inspire the art

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Sabine Brix

The hustle of being an artist, or any type of creative for that matter, can at times become all too consuming. A new exhibition offers a light-hearted take on the serious business of being an artist.

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Hexa Flexa by Amie Anderson  considers the way in which the digital age and capitalism has shaped a new kind of 21st century self.

For Natalya Maller, the constant peddling of both herself and her artwork made her feel like one of the comical inflatable ‘tube men’ or ‘air dancers’ we see as promotional material out the front of used car yards. Because Maller couldn't afford to buy an air dancer to use in her artwork, she made the piece ‘I couldn’t afford an air dancer at $695, for the forthcoming MU$CLE exhibition at the George Paton Gallery.

About the author

Sabine is a writer, editor, podcaster and electronic musician with a specific interest in personal storytelling that captures the essence of why people create. She was the former Online Content Producer at Archer Magazine and editor of the LGBTI website: Gay News Network.

Her music has appeared on the SBS series Starting From Now, and she has forthcoming sound art work airing on BBC4 radio. She also produces the ‘80s music podcast Neon Mullet.

Follow Sabine on Twitter @sabinebrix