How did you get into debt?
Being a single parent that decided to go back to school, I accumulated so much debt, not only from attending the Kansas City Art Institute but also from taking out so many loans to cover my living costs as I was unable to work full-time while being in school.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
It makes me want to be in my studio even more and to think critically about what I am making. Since I am limited on the amount of time I get to spend in studio I really try and make that time as productive as possible. I am currently apart of a collaborative team called NDo that has set out to address some of the issues artist face in the Kansas City area. Recognizing the endless need and lack of studio space in Kansas City we have been working on a short-term residency program as well as securing a permanent space for artist studios. The NDo team has also been working on public programming to help educate young business professionals in Kansas City about art, the purchasing of art and why it’s important for our community. We are doing this to bolster the local market for young artist in Kansas City in hopes that our community will become more sustainable.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Some of my work might look different; right now the papers that I am working on are in direct response to my current inability to sustain my life solely from my art practice.I have chosen to work with simple materials like paper, pen, highlighters, etc because of how cheap and accessible they are. My public work and the furniture I build would most likely be the same.