Her History Dilemma, 2014. Oil on canvas, 24"x24"
How did you get into debt?
I took out loans to attend the MFA program at Parsons The New School and pay for living expenses in NYC during those 2 years.
The Lady Face Project, 100 portraits of inspiring women. 2013, Ink on paper.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
In order to live and make art in New York City I need to work a full time job that pays a regular salary in order to pay my student loans. Due to the anxiety of having debt, I need regular income to set up auto payments and not think about the money every day. I don't think about the debt when I go to the studio to make art, but I know that the amount of time I have to spend sustaining myself vs. making art impacts the overall time spent in the studio and the quality of work and materials I'm about to produce and utilize. I also feel a tremendous amount of guilt having spent this money on an MFA program.
What a Pretty Face. 2015, Oil on canvas. 10"x10"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I would be able to afford to make larger work and to focus more time on lengthier projects, since I wouldn't have to work full time in another field if I did not have debt.
Power of 3, Hands of Technology: Larry Ellison, Bill Gates & Warren Buffet (Top 3 billionaires according to Forbes-400). 2013, Ink, Paper, Acrylic, Resin on wood panel. 10"x10"