rust meander, 2017, mixed media with stitching on kozo paper, 15"x 15"
How did you get into debt?
Most of my debt is for the mortgage on our house & studios, with student loans from my bfa and credit card debt from emergency car repairs, periods of underemployment, etc.
locus coeruleus, 2017, mixed media with stitching on kozo paper, 15"x 15"
How does your economic reality effect your art?
Because both of my income streams are through self employment, as well as my husband's income, there is absolutely no income set point to be assumed. The constant low hum of this anxiety sometimes flares into full blown depression, which inhibits my ability to produce art, to believe in its worthiness, and to have the chutzpah necessary to market myself as an artist.
(my) watershed, 2016, venetian plaster on panel, 30"x30"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Certainly I would be more experimental with my art, if the fiscal constraint was less. It would free up money for other materials/media as well as time to explore rather than produce, pay the application fees for more exhibits and possible residencies, be able to attend residencies if granted.
red watershed, 2017, venetian plaster on panel, 30"x30"