'Treatise on the societal conditions of rampant consumerism/Doodle of a kidney waving a white flag' -- Spring 2015 -- Two liter bottles, plastic bag -- 13" x 13" x 12"
How did you get into debt?
I got into debt because of the hyperinflation of college education costs and the exorbitant interest rates associated with the loans to pay for it.
'That moment when you see a pothole coming but it's too late to do anything but clench your ass and ride' -- Spring 2015 -- Coccyx, tape -- 6" x 4" x 1.5"
How does your economic reality effect your art?
With a large amount of debt looming, the economic realities of materials are a constant foreground concern. New ideas are immediately subjected to a consideration of the cost, and my practice has largely shifted toward a procurement strategy of finding interesting materials that are being thrown away which I may be able to transform or respond to artistically. When materials do need to be purchased, preference is given toward less expensive options.
'I like to think of myself as a harbinger. Not of anything specific, just generally a guy who harbinges.' -- Fall 2016 -- Wood, pipe clamps, 40 pounds of screws -- 72" x 30" x 10"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Were I not in debt I would certainly have less stress overall, and would more readily make larger purchases and investments in art and materials, as well as potentially not working with found objects often sourced from industrial dumpsters, although I may also not have felt as strongly the impetus to continue my education to the graduate level, as this also served as a 'stay of execution' from Sallie Mae.
'Delivering the people's elbow to a movie star through a psychic barrier' -- Fall 2016 -- Wood -- 48" x 73" x 3.5"