Amy B. MacDonald
The Conversation, 2009, oil on canvas, 24x36"
How did you get into debt?
I quit my FT job as an animator to get an MFA in painting.
Yellow Chair, Plum Carpet, 2010, oil on wood, 24x32"
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I don't have enough time to spend in the shared studio I rent for $618/mo plus utilities. I spend most of my time prepping, grading projects, and commuting to different adjunct teaching jobs that don't have benefits, hoping that it will eventually lead to a FT appointment. At this point, I'm rethinking that strategy. Perhaps I should spend more time in the studio and lead by example of putting my own art first, but I would hate it if an instructor did that to me. I would LOVE to have more time to collaborate with others and expand my practice to do more performance and video.
Apple Cottage, 2016, oil on canvas, 18x24"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
YES! I'd be making more of it.
Graveyard, 2016, oil on canvas, 16x20"