Joan of Art
Game No.1 - Let's Move In Together (an adult activity from the Game of Life); Model for stage set with props for performance; Ceramic, steel, mixed media; 17.5 x 17.5 x 10.5" ; © 1990-revised 1994
How did you get into debt?
I have always had an "outside" job to pay my bills, rent, food, car, gas, etc. I used credit cards to buy clothes, groceries, art materials. I racked up enough debt and had to file bankruptcy over 20 years ago. I never earned enough to cover everything, particularly art materials. I racked up more credit card debt. Four years ago I took out a personal loan to pay off my debt. I have 8 payments left. I had various part time jobs, tried to make it on my art, and again racked up more credit card debt. I defaulted on that debt. I am determined to pay off my loan. I have no credit cards and a fixed income. The bane of credit cards, falsely allows you to live a "normal" life for awhile, get what you need now and worry about paying for it later, thinking you'll sell something.
Game No.2 - Breaking Up [Is Hard To Do] (Weapons of war from the Game of Love) Tabletop game maquette for lifesize piece; Mixed media-steel, wood, glass;17.5” x 17.5” x 10”, ©1997-98
How does your economic reality effect your art?
It is extremely difficult to work because I am pre-occupied with how I am going to find money to live. I have no credit cards and my income is so small I have nothing left over to buy art materials, clothes or any entertainment. So the effect is I am not making any art at the moment.
cur-vi-rec-ti-lin-e-ar \ adj. a game board for geometrical interpretation; Painted drawing installation at ArtPark, Lewiston, New York; Detail shot; ©Joan Zalenski 2013
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Not necessarily, but I would be producing a lot more, and when I am not stifled by depression I am far more prolific. I suppose it eventually would look different because I believe the more you produce, the more you grow and the more ideas you get from what you are already doing. When I am not depressed I get inspired more easily. I want to do more installations so I have to raise the money to do them. I would also have a real studio again, not confined to working in my house. That would mean more opportunity for larger work, and experimentation with more materials.
cur-vi-rec-ti-lin-e-ar \ adj. a game board for geometrical interpretation; ArtPark drawing compilation; archival pigment print on cotton rag -19"x13"; copyright 2015