Sadie Rebecca Starnes
37.567693, 141.026206 / oil on panel / 72" x 96" / 2016
How did you get into debt?
MFA Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts.
37.3343° N, 141.0215° E / oil on panel / 38" x 24" / 2016
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I can barely afford going to school on loans, maintaining a practice and working. I cannot imagine the reality that awaits when I graduate and the payments begin. To be an artist in America demands that you live in NYC, earn an MFA degree, and be extremely prolific. Because of the cost of living, the inflated cost of school, and the low wages common to the arts - this is not a reality for middle and lower class individuals. Many of the artists successful today come from or married money. It is a system for the privileged.
37°21'24.5"N 141°02'00.9"E / oil on panel / 36" x 48" / 2016
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I actually made more work outside of school, as I had more free time. Being in school I have to work more in my free time to make up for the extra expense. I am also restricted, in size on canvas and quantity of production, as I cannot afford much of the supplies I need. The debt paralyzes my spending.
37.4212° N, 141.0334° E (fukushima daichi plant I) / oil on panel / 30" x 30" / 2016