"Durer 718" Mixed media piece made with ribbon, sheer polyester fabric, denim, cloth, and tissue paper. 11.5 x 7.5" 2016
How did you get into debt?
I'm in debt from student loans that I took out during college.
"Bronx Faces - Ed" Mixed media piece made with cardboard, acrylic paint, tissue paper, sheer polyester fabric, headphones, pipe cleaners, cloth, a plastic necklace, and Jesus bracelet stickers. 16 x 8.5" 2016.
Describe your art practice
My main body of work recycles common materials to create mixed media paintings and collages with a focus on portraiture and urban aesthetics. I make the deliberate choice of using recycled paper, old fabrics, and saved memorabilia, to collage on top of detailed, realistic acrylic paintings on cardboard. I'll use anything that I can find around my house like old shirts, denim, Pokemon cards, electrical tape, bus tickets, q tips, ribbon, broken jewelry, sleep masks, and cardboard. Limiting the quality of my materials has challenged me creatively to make my work aesthetically pleasing.
"Prince" Made with cardboard, acrylic paint, sheer polyester fabric, ribbon, lace, duct tape, glitter, and coffee filters. 16x18.5" 2016.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
My art professors during my undergraduate classes would require me to buy expensive art materials that I really couldn't afford at the time. So I'd do my work (beautifully) on cheaper quality materials. But when we had to bring specific materials to class and they realized that I never bought their required materials, I'd be penalized. Just one item on our list was Arches cold pressed watercolor paper - $70 minimum. Typically in undergraduate classes, we never even got around do using all of the materials, buying them all seemed ridiculous at a time when I really needed to be frugal. Then a professor told me that if I were to do my work on cheaper materials, I needed to make it deliberate. This completely changed the way I made art. My mixed media recycled works came out of this time when I decided to stop buying canvas and use cardboard instead.
7 piece mixed media set. Made with Ziploc bags, cardboard, glitter glue, acrylic paint, computer paper, fabric, red pen, a paper clip, a black plastic bag, sharpie, Pokémon cards, and napkins. 2016