How did you get into debt?
I graduated in 2007 at the start of the recession. I couldn't find steady work and took on multiple jobs just to make ends meet. I went into extreme credit card debt, and have been climbing my way out ever since. On top of that I am now in graduate school required by my employer, yet with no tuition reimbursement, so I max out every semester with loans.
Describe your art practice
My work emphasizes the tactile quality of paint, and the notion of paintings as physical beings. I work with rejected latex paint as a statement of reinvention and reinterpretation of materials. Using discarded domestic materials I create a relationship with the viewer through color, edge, and texture. By provoking my audience to reevaluate their relationship to viewing, I confront the typical relationships we have to image, architecture, environment and identity. I translate the physical experience, information of my surroundings, and experiences into the appropriate dimension for each piece.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
That is a dream I don't even allow myself to dream anymore. It is so abstract and unattainable to the logical side of me. But if that dream was realized, I could make work without the confinement of financial stress. I could have a studio instead of using my living room. I could travel to art shows, afford fellowships, take internships and grow my career.