Yes, absolutely in debt...cost of living, cost of making art and not selling enough of it.
My primary process is aluminum-free casting. I work with recycled aluminum, which I melt and pour in my back yard.
Although I employ scrap aluminum, such as aluminum cans, gutters, ladders, and car parts as the main source material for my work, I still spend a fair amount of money for supplementary materials.
So, my economic reality is that I am in debt from growing material expenses. In reality, I don't make a living from making art.
Debt, for me, is a feeling of obligation on many levels. I am constantly in debt and it taunts me. The guilt I feel from not being able to make a living as an artist oppresses me. Conversely, I feel that I must make art...it is my calling. So, I live in a vicious circle: I don’t have a day job because I need time to make decent art. I need to make money selling my art so I can continue to do it. I am not making a living as an artist; therefore, I need a day job. So the circle of guilt continues…Making art is a time I feel at ease. While in the process, I escape the feeling of being in debt. I aspire to make something worthwhile, something people can relate to and therefore justify myself as an artist. In my narrative work, I create pieces that deal with universal issues and explore the unexpected beauty of common materials. My wall piece, “Your Springtime goes here” is really a portal into happiness, escape from a guilt. We all see beauty differently, but feelings of happiness are universal...something which we all desire.