"Division Series #6," 2016, Linoleum block on found wallpaper, 17 in x 15 in.
How did you get into debt?
I originally got into debt due to school loans, which was then compounded by having to take out a loan to get a car to go to work to pay back school loans, followed by a few family emergencies that I paid for with credit cards because I can't save money because I have to pay my loans back.
"Division Series #3," 2016, Woodcut on found wallpaper, 17 in x 15 in.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
Economic reality absolutely affects my art. Because I work crazy hours, art making comes in bits of time I carve out of my schedule; time that a regular person would use to rest. So I struggle with making time-consuming, focused work while battling an ongoing exhaustion. I struggle for balance - artists like me need a trinity of time, space and money to have a productive art career, and I only seem to manage two out of three. When I have time, I often have no money or space, when I have money, I have time but maybe space that is used infrequently.
"Division Series #5", 2016, linoleum block on found wallpaper, 17 in x 15 in
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
This is a tricky question, because it's so hard to imagine not being in debt. However, I imagine yes, just because if I didn't have debt I would have more time to make work, so there would be more of it. More work also means more chance to take risks and experiment, and discover the unexpected. So yes, I believe my work would be different if debt was eliminated.
"Division Series #8," 2016, linoleum block on found wallpaper, 15 in x 17 in.