How did you get into debt?
I purchased a home
How does your economic reality effect your art?
Not being in debt enables me to be an artist. I am not in debt because I benefitted from government-funded education. I received my BA in Fine Arts in 1973 from Brooklyn College, CUNY, which, at that time, was tuition-free for NYC residents. A Regents Scholarship covered the annual fee of $106, along with my books and art supplies. I lived at home and worked during the summers as a secretary. I received an MFA in Visual Arts in 1977 from the University of California, San Diego. I won a complete tuition scholarship for the first year; the second and third years were tuition free because I had become a resident of California. The low annual fees were covered by small grants. Teaching and research assistantships paid for rent, books and supplies. I graduated owing nothing. Since the type of art I make has not garnered commercial success, I've always spent a considerable portion of my earned salary on making my art. I've been able do so because I have had no student loans to pay. I am fortunate. My F&M students will not be so fortunate. They will be burdened by debt for many years to come.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Maybe I could work less and make more art