Undue Work (time slip 27), 2016, unique heat transfer print created with time slip from artist's restaurant job and iron, 4"x4"
How did you get into debt?
My debt consists exclusively of student loans, half taken out for my Bachelor's degree from Whitman College, and half taken out for my MFA from Portland State University.
Clocking In, 2015, photos from daily practice hung as wallpaper, dimensions variable
How does your economic reality effect your art?
My art is wholly informed by the economic reality of being a life-long member of the working-poor, coming from a background of generational poverty, and having grown up in a trailer park, and now bearing the burden of debt in combination with precarious employment. Because the current systems of economy have always had an exclusive definition of success, and are very actively working against both my personal freedom and the freedom of time more generally, I work in my practice to question economic value, and the social value placed on productivity, material consumption, and wealth which support our present economic reality.
Eight Hours of Turning Straw to Gold, 2015, eight hour durational performance, straw, gold paint
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I feel my whole life would look different if I weren't in debt. So, yes.
Uniform Diptych (blue/pink), 2015, fabric, each piece ~2'x3'