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.
Describe your art practice
The tactile is conceptual. As an installation artist, I engage viewers by inviting audiences to enter plush spaces, share cultural experiences, and document their reactions. My work has often referenced folk art and kitsch, based on the objects from my rural upbringing. I produce room-sized installations and flag forms, inviting viewers into the space for multimedia experiences. The flags hang from the ceiling and in tandem with these participatory installations, activating the spaces in between. In addition to my installation practice, my husband and I produce zines about the art market in our collective called, No Pop. No Pop participates in fairs such as NADA, the Miami Book Fair, as well as other independent fairs organized by artists. Our latest zine is our Art Miami 2016 Guide, which captures our varied experiences as artists, curators, organizers, and tour guides. We would love to produce a Debt Fair Zine.
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.