Sophie (2015), ink on paper and cylindrical mirror, 6"x12"x10"
How did you get into debt?
All of my debt is from art school tuition.
Sippy Cup (2015), ink on paper and cylindrical mirror, 6"x12"x10"
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I really care about art. I care about art so much that I have gone to great lengths to make it possible. I got out of graduate school seven years ago, and at the time, I thought I was being a realist, not an idealist, by hoping to teach college art classes part-time for several years, and eventually moving into a full-time job. But the first year I taught, I was offered one class (an annual income of $3,000). The second year I was offered one class, then let go a few days before the term started with no compensation. I have been on unemployment and food stamps many times. My student loans accrue something like $300 per month in interest, and I have a child to take care of, so I can't just sit around waiting for a teaching job. I am back in school at a community college as a 35 year-old, hoping to learn a trade that can make ends meet. I am still an artist. My gallery is a struggling business that is still successfully struggling, and I am grateful for that. I do not have much time to do art, but I still have hope.
Blocks (2016), ink on paper and cylindrical mirror, 6"x12"x10"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes, I would have a lot more time and resources to spend on art.
Stuffed Monkey (2016), ink on paper and cylindrical mirror, 6"x12"x10"