How did you get into debt?
Government loans, bank loans/ dental malpractice, owe taxes, and friends and family loans
Describe your art practice
My practice is an object-based platform with which to closely examine and re-purpose the use of an object or idea and its related value. The incorporation of non-traditional materials amplifies some of the questions and concerns the work is trying to posit. Through literal and symbolic representation, my work tries to describe displacement in conjunction with notions of identity, its complexity, and contingency, within history and culture. Having assimilated various cultures, I feel both a sense of belonging and a visceral displacement. Am I an American, a Panamanian, or a Cuban? How does this multi-cultural experience shape my identity? What are the cultural constructs within which a society produces notions of identity? In this sense, an autobiographical element is almost always subsumed under a broader investigation of self-hood that is often problematized in the public sphere.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes. I would have the freedom to use money for materials and studio space - as well, I would have assistants and I would be able to travel as my work is about living in different cultures other than my own