Broken Skin, 2016, Pin, vitreous and painted enamel on copper, sterling silver, 2.5 cm (diameter) x .25cm (depth), photo by Nick Gialanella
How did you get into debt?
The entirety of my debt is from Student Loans for Undergrad and Graduate School (most Graduate School)
Irritated Skin, 2016, Pin, vitreous and painted enamel on chased and repoussed copper, sterling silver, 2.5 cm (diameter) x .75cm (depth), photo by Nick Gialanella
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I've always had to have a full-time job unrelated to my artistic practice to provide insurance, pay my rent, and bills. In practical terms this means I have less time and energy for creative projects, but it keeps me in a position to make things without concern for their commercial viability. However, this limits my ability to apply for and attend residencies and other opportunities because of being unable to take extended leave from a job, and not having the financial means to leave a job.
Exalted Hand, 2013, Pendant, antique silver-plated spoon, sterling silver, 5cm (L) x 2.5 cm (W) x .5 cm (D)
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I believe so. Less or no debt would open up possibilities for forms of employment that would allow me more temporal and financial resources to devote to my artistic practice.
Full Bloom, 2015, colored pencil on paper, 11in x 13.5in, photo by Andrew McAllister