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The artist in question has found success and recognition on an international scale, living off their art by keeping expenses low, not having children, a car, or a mortgage, and finding affordable living arrangements. As one of the few First Nations artists to exhibit solo at prestigious events like the Venice Biennale, they feel honored to represent Australia and appreciate the financial benefits that come with it.

Growing up as one of the only Aboriginal students in a predominantly white school, the artist experienced feelings of inadequacy, dirtiness, and insecurity due to racial slurs and a lack of Indigenous history education. This led to body dysmorphia and a lack of confidence in their physical appearance. However, moving to a more diverse environment in the city and receiving positive feedback from peers helped them become more comfortable and confident in their own skin.

Despite their success as an artist and the visibility that comes with it, the artist still struggles with public speaking and feeling vulnerable in the spotlight. They prefer solitude, reading, watching films, and traveling alone, finding comfort and peace in these activities. While they once wished for invisibility, they now embrace their visibility and take pride in their accomplishments.

Overall, the artist’s journey has been one of overcoming adversity, finding confidence, and embracing their unique identity as a First Nations artist. They have navigated challenges related to race, body image, and visibility, ultimately finding a sense of pride and fulfillment in their art and representation of their culture on the world stage. Their story serves as a testament to the power of resilience, self-acceptance, and the pursuit of one’s passions despite obstacles.

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