I am in debt through The University of Texas at Austin. I do not have the money to pay for my for my education. Although that slip of paper is important, why does every single college graduate have to be in debt right out of college? Also, why are we rasing college tution? I mean, really, WHY?? Although I do not currently have enough work to build a strong portfolio, I would eventually like to apply to a Master's program. When I do, I will make sure to apply for scholarships and go to the college that will pull the most money for me to attend. I do not need to die with a lot of debt on my shoulders. I would like to build an excellent life for my children, if I decide to have any later in life. I know I need more education and more experience with my art. I am also in debt from my credit card. Right now, my credit card is about $1,400 and school is about $30,000, not including housing in Austin. This is my first credit card I ever had this year, so I know that my credit card debt will only begin to increase. I do not make enough money as a full-time art teacher to be able to afford living on my own. I hope that in the future I can be able to make a life for myself and be independent and, eventually, maybe one day, open my own art studio.
I currently work as a K-12 art teacher at a charter school in La Marque, Texas. I drive 60 miles everyday to work and from work. I graduated art school last year from The University of Texas at Austin with my Bachelors of Art degree. I transferred from Houston Community College because it was cheaper than going to a university all four years. I live in Houston and drive to La Marque because that was the only place I could get hired. After graduation, it took me about a year to find this job teaching art. Even before graduating college, I have done any odd job I could find; I have been babysitting since high school and that used to rake in a good amount of income, but not lately. Last year, I worked as a security guard at the Museum of Fine Art, and although I have a love for the art museum, I was so frustrated that I was not hired in any other department in the museum and it was the most boring thing I could have done with myself. I would stand on my feet for 10 hours at a time and I could go an entire day without saying anything to anyone. There were many moments after I graduated where I felt resentment for graduating with an art degree because it has been such a struggle for me to find a job. I did retail for a while and although I didn't mind it too much, I know I am capable of great things in life. I am a hard worker and I believe this has to do with my income. I work hard to compensate for not getting everything handed to me on a silver platter. However, I feel that the job market in art will not give me a chance without a Master's Degree. The best job I have ever had was while I was in high school. I was an artist assistant to the Houston artist Mary Margaret Hansen while she completed her art installation at Irma's Resturant titled, "Second Seating" (2009). If I had the money, I would move to another city and try to be an artist assistant to another artist. I currently still live with my parents since I graduated last year. I do not have my own studio; I create in my bedroom. My artwork is hidden underneath my bed, stacked in my closet, and behind my dresser. I am limited on space in my room. This only inhbits me as much as I let it, because for any sculpture I would want to create, I would use the garage. It still isn't ideal for me because, like any artist would imagine, a studio space with an unlimited amount of materials would be the perfect set up. I would love to be able to get my hands on some welding materials, but a girl can dream can't she?
I am a major advocate of recycling. Sculptures that I create are with recycable materials. Even while I create collages, I save scrap construction paper. I save magazines, images, and things that I like to use them later. This behavior I have accumulated of saving things because I did not want to spend the money to buy them again resulted in a great supply of art class materials for when I began teaching this year. I do not believe I am an advocate of recycling soley based on my income level, because I truly do believe that recycling is an important thing that every person should do for the enviornment. I do believe that, because of my income, I have been more inclined to recycle and save materials. In addition, I have only sold a few artworks in my life. Since I work alot as an art teacher, I have not been creating as much as I did while I was in school. I have less art shows than I used to because even while I had art shows no one would buy my artwork. I think I am currently at this sad state of wanting to have art shows and create but knowing that I won't sell makes me think that the point of creating is just lost for me.