God of the Gaps, 2013 Cut wooden church pew 48” x 108” x 36” carbon atom models made from material cut from a church pew
How did you get into debt?
My debt consists primarily from house, studio, and car purchases. Material and fabrication costs often increase that debt but I work to pay that off as quickly as possible so that my debt load is in the lower interest rates.
Thomas, 2013 cut acrylic mounted photograph, Sintra microscope made from material cut from photograph 68” x 45”
How does your economic reality effect your art?
My income/debt ratio keeps me living in an inexpensive city more removed from the "art world" at large and keeps me from traveling to connect with that world. Because I choose to live in a less expensive region, I can afford to essentially make what I want with certain scale and materials restrictions due to cost. Being away from a large art center has certainly affected my career trajectory. I cannot afford the luxury of living that life style to facilitate my art career because I will need to provide for my aging parents whose debt will soon be my own.
Thomas, 2013 cut acrylic mounted photograph, Sintra, Detail of microscope made from material cut from photograph 16" x 8" x 8"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
My work might be a bit more ambitious with regard to scale and material use if I wasn't in debt.
Loud Speakers 1-8, 2014 cut street posters, tape dimensions varied. each 30" x 20" - 30" x 70"