"I Love You," acrylic on plastic container, 10x7 inches, 2011
How did you get into debt?
I took out loans to get an MFA. Living expenses, art supplies plus tuition for two years lead me to the $195,462.54 -- accruing interests every minute. Honestly I can't understand how I derived to that amount just for two years. I mean, is it even possible to pay back when I am barely supporting myself?
"Instant Khora," acrylic on panel, 48x48 inches, 2010
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I do not have a studio to make art; in fact that seems nearly impossible to me. I did stop making art for 4 years but I continued to try and now I am making slow progress through attending residencies.
"Foreplay," acrylic and Styrofoam on wall, approx. 33x33x17 cm, 2015
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
For sure. I would spend more on the materials. I always cut short on my mediums so that I can manage $$. I am also working very small sizes. Can't afford studio with debt, so I am working all of my stuff in the kitchen table and trying to find way to make art in a way that I don't require a studio.
"Drawing: Terra II," spray paint, Styrofoam, plant on Ikea shelf, Approx. 29x14 inches, 2016