Casey James Wilson
One Standard Unit, 2016 (installation view)
How did you get into debt?
Although I received scholarship and a stipend, I went into debt to support my studio costs, living expenses, and travel while earning an MFA over two years.
Cube Squared, 2016, framed chromogenic print, 31.5x46.5"
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I feel less personally affected by my own debt and more so affected by student debt issues at large. I see a strong correlation between artists going into debt in pursuit of degree certifications, and the need to quickly earn from their practice in order to repay them. I feel this situation creates a feedback loop in culture that necessitates commercial practices where critical ones are essential. In other words, the more students going into debt to have stronger art practices ultimately stack the deck against themselves so that they must either buy in/sell out or give up.
One Standard Unit #4, 2016, framed chromogenic print, 31.5x46.5"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Most likely I wouldn't be as disenfranchised by the art market and wouldn't feel as hopeless toward the cultural value of contemporary art.
One Standard Unity #2, 2016, framed chromogenic print, 41.5x61.5"