Title:II Date:2015 Material:acrylic on canvas Dimensions:24" x 36"
How did you get into debt?
I am in debt due to the cost of attending Pratt Institute for graduate school to receive my M.F.A.
Title:IV Date: 2015 Material:acrylic on canvas Dimensions:30" 40"
How does your economic reality effect your art?
Because I cannot afford a printing press or an exposure unit, I am limited within my printmaking practice. This limits the scale of block prints that I will work with as well as the number of layers. While I do have a printmaking shop who will expose screens for me there is a cost that goes with it so I am screenprinting less often. Therefore, I find myself creating paintings and drawings most often and my materials are limited due to my budget for artmaking. Most recently I decided to create a body of work that incorporated frustrations from my financial status - limiting the materials I allowed myself to work with - 2 tubes of paint and 4 brushes and removing any sense of color but seeing what I could build from - black and white - as I hover literally and figuratively in a grey area. This was my effort to find a bright spot within my reality of financial debt.
Title:VIII Date: 2015 Materials:Acrylic on Canvas Dimensions:24" x 36"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Absolutely. I have felt a constant financial strain since receiving my MFA. While I am grateful for my experience at Pratt and it led to tremendous growth as an artist, the realities of my financial situation are constantly looming in the back of my head and really in front of my face. My work has transitioned since graduate school from woodblock prints filled with layers of bold color with an airy sense to them, now to black and white paintings that are weighted and entangled.