Wrong Side Feelings, 2015. Ceramic, metal and nails on wood stand, 16 x 10 x 10 inches ( 40.64 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm).
How did you get into debt?
I was not allowed to get a government or a personal loan for my MFA. Scholarships and grants partially paid my tuition. I own my school a total of $24.000. I have an agreement with my school to pay $2500 per month and $100 fee for late payments. Because of some health issues problems, I have been incapable of paying both tuitions and my medical bills, in which I am only able to pay $200 a month, since my graduation in spring of 2015. To this day I still paying my medical bills of $4000.
Kuebiko, 2016. Done at Stiftung Insel Hombroich in Neuss, Germany. Unfired Clay in wood support, 92 x 54 x 34 inches (233 x 135 x 86.36 cm).
How does your economic reality effect your art?
In 2016 I had to close my studio. I have to many bills and need to save and organize my finances. For now, I decided to change my practice to a home studio situation. These circumstances has temporarily shifted size and materials of my works. I am using my computer and tools I can find online, also photographing, making small objects and drawings. My little studio apartment space does not allow me to work in clay, which is my primary sculpture medium. For now, I will only be able to work in a physical way or on my sculptures when I have another residency opportunity or when I pay off my bills and find an affordable studio in New York.
Axes Of Will, 2016. Found object and clay, 47 x 15 x 15 inches ( 119.38 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm).
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes, I do. I believe my work would have a less aggravating and political tone. When I was in school, I enjoyed painting, but the difficulties at the end of my program and the return to real life stated to shift the emotions and content of the work. Today my work have a feeling painfull tone. I wish I could feel the freedom I had before going to school or moving to New York. Because of the money scarcity and difficulties brought up because my debt and how it is expensive to live in New York I feel land locked, and I am afraid fo moving and have a worse experience. I fear of not being able to pay my bills or never have the money to seeing my family again in Brazil. I am more angry and agitated becasue of my fears.
Permanence, 2016. Fabric, cord, plaster and found object, 25 x 20 x 42 inches ( 63.5 x 50.8 x 106.68 cm).