How did you get into debt?
All of this debt is for two years of federal student loans for graduate school for an art degree. I recently finished paying off around $17,000 in credit card debt that I gradually accumulated after grad school while balancing multiple jobs for employers who would frequently cancel my hours, and while starting a business with clients who would frequently cancel appointments. Precarious work is the norm for post-grad artists in my communities. I just remembered I also owe my best friend $6000, for a loan to do a post bac in 2005.
Describe your art practice
My practice is worked out through installation, performance, sculpture, painting, drawing, sound, video, writing, and the production of signs and signals that others can use to reconsider and intervene in social space. Recently, I've been exploring group humming in various contexts. I often work site- and context-specifically, interstitially, and iteratively, developing an idea through multiple approaches that speak to each other.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Since I directly address the debt economy and indebted subjectivity in some of my art-based creative projects, it absolutely informs my work. Debt is one of several intersectionally difficult social issues I consider through my practice - if I were more of an owner than a debtor, I would likely continue to choose to work on related issues. Lived economics (mine and others') have motivated a portion of my art production for a decade, and I don't see that ending no matter what my socioeconomic position becomes. If I weren't in debt, though, I'd have more time and resources to make that work; I'd be more prolific.