Aubrey Anne Roemer
How did you get into debt?
Pratt Institute and taking the high risk / high reward road with my art career and credit cards. If I drop dead tomorrow, it seems worth the debt to inch closer to a career as an artist.
Describe your art practice
Using community as a platform for creation, my work is a collaboration with the subjects - as models, fixers, craftsmen, historians, designers - the people who are being described are those who guide the visual narrative. Together, we make work. Materials carry conceptual weight in each project - repurposed textiles and fabrics or found materials - are specific to the demographic depicted. The work is first exhibited within the community that inspired its creation, later in traditional art venues. The final object is as significant as the process; the ability of art to function as a tool - galvanizing people and simultaneously creating a cultural artifact is paramount in my practice. Through working with diverse groups - erotic dancers, entire towns, sick agriculture workers, school children, refugees, etc. - the social function of the work seeks pluralism in its reach, journalism in its exploration, and anthropology in its integrity.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Ha! I have been in debt from age 18 on, and perhaps if economic realities did not delineate the past 14 years of my life, the work may not be so politically charged. It's possible that the work would be floral, garish, and saccharine.