Meander, 2018, bronze bracelet with copper motif, 5 1/2"
How did you get into debt?
I had none of the income I expected to have this year and had instead a number of unexpected emergencies. And I still haven't paid back the loan I received for printing my book.
Mirror, 2018, bronze mirror and bronze handle, 8" x 5" x 1"
How does your economic reality effect your art?
When I am earning, for instance through teaching, this often generates more teaching work. When I sell jewelry, I can use that to sell more jewelry but when the cycle stops, you have to keep working and generate interest through your work and hope that this will start the cycle again. Sometimes it takes many months.
Magic Mirror, 2017, bronze, 10" x 7" x 2"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
It's not so much the debt that is debilitating, it's the lack of income. I've earned very little this year and it's really this that slows things down. Most people say time is money. For me, money is time. If I had money I would have the time to create more, teach more, research more and write more. All of these aspects of my work are impacted by a lack of income. The financial debt is just another of many weights to carry around, but it isn't actually as difficult to deal with as the lack of income.
Swing, 2016, bronze, 8" x 6" x 2"