Alonda Da Costa
Dia de los muertos, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 18x24
How did you get into debt?
Student loans to recieve both my associates in liberal arts and to obtain my bachelors in fine art.
Into the woods series-Blue Night, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 16x20
How does your economic reality effect your art?
It keeps me behind on shipping orders and fullfilling orders because I just do not have the funds to get materials right away. Everyday it comes down to a utility getting shut off or buying supplies. My rent is late every month and I get threats of eviction even though it is always paid by the end of the month. I can not afford car insurance and if my car is taken I will not be able to work as I need it to haul my art to sell on the square. Everyday I am juggling every piece of my life. Sometimes I fear giving up but I just can't.
Ernest Brown, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 18x24
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes instead of living penny to penny and not being able to explore art the way I need to, I would've been able to focus and create many many more works of art and have the ability to explore many other subjects. I would like to also continue my studies and return to school to get a masters in fine art.