"Libya Dawn Militants Play in the US Embassy Pool," 2016, handmade egg tempera, 18 x 10.5 cm, Private Collection
How did you get into debt?
In undergraduate school at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado I accrued $15,000 of debt while attending full time and working two jobs. This debt is now in a consolidated loan. I have $5,000 of this left to pay down. I accrued the majority of my debt ($48,000) in order to pay for graduate school tuition at the Maine College of Art. I took out Stafford unsubsidized and subsidized loans to attend two years full time, while working another job, and received an MFA.
"Isis Loots at Nimrud," 2016 handmade egg tempera on panel, 20 x 13 cm, Private Collection
Describe your art practice
Following the onset of the Arab Spring, I began a series of contemporary miniature paintings and large site-specific installations chronicling the representation of the events unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa in the media. Both my paintings on wood panel and onsite installation work are made with traditional egg tempera prepared by hand with egg yolk, water and ground pigments. My work samples and combines imagery and information from this multitude of raw-footage, photographs and documentary snippets, as well as from traditional media outlets, reflecting both a fragmented understanding of these accounts and the conscious and unconscious attempts to recompose a potential reality.
"We are Staying," 2015, handmade egg tempera, installation detail, 120 feet x 12 feet
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
It is impossible to say exactly in which way my work would look different if I was not in debt. Though, it is probable that being debt-free would have permitted me to maintain the wood and metals studio that I built while in graduate school. Instead, after a flood damaged the space, I sold all my tools and equipment unable to rent another space or continue working in sculpture. At this time I switched to painting as my primary medium.
"Keleti Station," 2016, handmade egg tempera, installation detail, 72 feet x 12 feet