error 2016, 2016, Digital, 9.7" x 4.7"
How did you get into debt?
An obsession with academia. My debt comes entirely from pursuing higher education (undergraduate and (2) graduate degrees).
wtf is america, 2016, Digital, 9.5" x 14.3"
How does your economic reality effect your art?
It controls the tone. My work is deeply personal. I make things about what I know; my experiences, my mental and emotional reality, etc. My debt is a burden that colors my perceptions and attitudes. It controls the time I devote to it. It is not possible for me to be a full-time artist. Capitalism's requirements for survival dictate I must have a job. And not a job where my paycheck is dependent on the subjective whims of a random stranger buying my work. It controls the venues where I can show it. I have limited disposable income with which to rent rehearsal space or pay submission fees. It controls the mediums I use to make it. Materials for most physical art pieces are too expensive. Thus, I work in two genres whose medium and materials are functionally free and readily available; digital art and performance.
[redacted], 2016, Digital, 11" x 17"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Of course. My financial situation elicits emotions that greatly affect my work. But since I have no way of knowing the alternative, theoretical emotion I would experience sans debt, I have no way of telling how it would manifest itself differently.