“You can no longer depend on the larger institutions to shape your future,” she adds. While many creative people are told to simply “visualize their dreams” in order reach their goals, or to be content to forgo the business side of things because their art will speak for itself—Crabapple disagrees. She advises burgeoning creative types to “take control of their own lives” and put themselves out there in innovative and disruptive ways because there are few large institutions out there that will do it for you. The artist of the future, she argues, will be passionate in what they do—and rely on themselves alone to achieve success.
Known for her disruptive projects, Crabapple's work runs the gamut from a live event where she transformed a hotel room into an art piece in front of a live Internet audience, to articles she contributed to CNN and Vice magazine about the Spanish general strike and Occupy Wall Street. Her work is innovative and highly regarded, and she often speaks to audiences about the importance of striking out on your own, never asking permission, and following your passions.