The Backyard, 2009. Prints, cut-out in walls, wood, drywall, cinder blocks. Space: 12'H x 25'W x 40'D
How did you get into debt?
After I finished graduate school I maxed out my credit cards. It was the time when the market crashed so it was harder to get a job. I only have part-time jobs and try to juggle between my living expenses, my art-practice and my debt.
The Inverted Structure, 2009; Installment: 2011. Prints on plywood, corrugated metal. Sculpture: 8'H x 15.5'W x 3"D
How does your economic reality effect your art?
It affects me personally more than anything else, sometimes I have to limit myself in terms of traveling or being in residencies in the middle of a semester since I do have to put my economic responsibilities first. Today many art gate keepers prefer artists that behave like jet setters so not behaving like a jet setter it is seen as negative. Making my pieces take longer, or exhibiting my work becomes harder since many art institutions/ galleries expect you to cover most of the expenses. It definitively changed the scale and the quality of my pieces.
Installation view with various pieces: drawings and mixed-media work (photography and sculptural materials). Various dimensions
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Definitively, I will have more resources to make the pieces. Sometimes you need to scale down the works or look for alternatives to bring your ideas into life
Down-Below, 2012-16. Steel pipes, rooftop materials, masonite, and paint. Sculpture: 90”H x 71 ½” W x 71 ½” D