Still from Material Studies, 2016. Materials: orange, Earth Balance vegan butter, ink on paper.
How did you get into debt?
Two Chase credit cards + a lot of moving (once to Rhode Island, once to NYC) + not having enough work to pay for things like the gym, haircuts, groceries, &c. = debt
Still from Material Studies, 2016. Materials: pomegranate, coconut flakes, vegan candles, safety pins, water, ink on paper.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
When I am not working (e.g., in summer), I get very depressed, and that feeling inhibits or permeates my work. During the school year, I work at a lot of institutions and have to travel for work, so I often do not have not enough time to make art. Year-round, I am a woman who gives a lot of (usually uncompensated) emotional labor, which is in symbiosis with my art. The shittiness of all of these situations ends up framing my art in ways I don't necessarily get to choose.
Still from Material Studies, 2016. Materials: human hair, vegan candles, orange flowers, dried catnip, matchstick, water, ink on paper
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes—I think and write about debt, post-money utopias, the emotional labor entwined with precariat labor that results in additional debt, and a deepening sense of anxiety related to procuring more debt.