Title: Zenith, Medium: Acrylic, paper, glue, pastel on canvas, Dimensions:16 in. x 20 in. Date: 12/1/16
How did you get into debt?
After I graduated I realized I was in student debt. In addition, I bought my first car that I must pay off monthly last year. I also have credit card debt.
Title: Vitae, Medium: Acrylic on canvas, Dimensions: 12 in x 20 in, Date: 8/20/2016
How does your economic reality effect your art?
Upon graduating from my undergrad three years ago, I have secured enough income to rent my first apartment, buy my first car and even a smart phone. I do however carry the weight of debt from my student loans, my car payment, my credit card amount, and at times wonder if I can meet the payment of my apartment. While my fellow classmates have already moved away to other states and began I life, I feel that I am also struggling to keep up my own. I do not create as much as I used to during school due to my job taking up most of my day and feeling not inspired. I am slowly starting to make more paintings and collages now by setting goals for myself. I hope to create at least one artwork a month and have it displayed somewhere to be sold. I think the greatest motivation I could have is that a viewer would be interested enough to purchase my work. Even with all of my debt, for someone to purchase my art would make me motivated and completely flattered. I'm going to continue creating artwork because it truly brings me happiness in my life.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes, I do believe my work would change. I believe it would change my outlook on my life. I think I would be more hopeful if I didn't have the strain of debt.