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.
Describe your art practice
My work responds to the relocation of my studio from KCAI to the financial district of Kansas City. Utilizing office supplies, my work is a reaction to the reality of being unable to sustain my life solely upon my artist practice. The work consists of paper, whiteout, tape, pen, pencil, highlighters and sign holders. Through the use of these materials I have begun to investigate the architecture of space within paper. Each paper has three different planes in which it occupies, the front, the back and the in-between. By utilizing light and display, I allow viewers to unlock all three planes simultaneously. At first glance these might seem narcissistic and focused on perfection, but upon further investigation, they reveal my human imperfections. They utilize line, repetition rhythm and symmetry to playfully engage with the viewer. The process of making and viewing each paper becomes one of meditation and self-reflection.
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.