How did you get into debt?
My current consolidated debt from subsidized and unsubsidized loans represents my accruement from both undergraduate and graduate studies at Yale School of Art and the Cleveland Institute of Art. These are private, non-profit institutions that make a sizable profit.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I invest in my work by making it with my hands and raising awareness about what artists need, who institutions serve, and supporting the context for art to enable societal transformation. I impact more artists and institutions than many of my colleagues by simply making, supporting, and communicating. There are times when my creative roles intersect. I introduce myself as an artist who curates, and I enjoy the interdisciplinary practices of installation, other collaborations, and exhibitions. I know more than one side of the art world, and I understand the international marketplace and how it functions separately from the work being made in the studio. I am Laura Marsh the artist, the curator, and the cofounder of a collective called, NO POP. Let’s raise awareness about the power of the collective body to raise awareness about social class.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I am perplexed by this question often. When I am no longer in debt, I will find freedom in less limitations. I will produce work 8 hours a day, write applications in the morning instead of after work, have more cash flow to invest in: property, materials, and studio assistants. I'm looking forward to it, and this is the power of positive thinking.