No title (from the series "Estrada Courts, U.S.A."), 2016; 35" x 44" oil paint and inkjet pigments on primed watercolor paper
How did you get into debt?
Undergraduate and graduate level studies.
No title (401-001 from the series “Pedestrian Views of the Case Study House No. 22”), 2008 - 14 28 1/8” x 34” Pigment Print
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I'm in a position where I must make enough monthly to pay off loans. However, paying off educational loans has prevented me from considering the possibility of signing up for government-sponsored health-care, putting money into my TIAA-CREF account, saving to purchase a home, or considering the prospect of having children. My partner and I both feel that our collective debt loads would inhibit our ability to put significant money towards our children's educations. Because of these realities, my artworks often take aim at hard economic realities--examining, for instance, the history of the Works Progress Administration, mural painting at public housing projects, and forced evictions.
No title (Chavez Ravine Case Study, 1 of 7), 2014 Los Angeles Times, May 9th, 1959 24 ¾” x 31 11/16” Pigment Print
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I believe so.
No title (“1938”), 2012 Arroyo Drive overpass at Arroyo Seco Parkway (CA-110) Date imprint on northern parapet 8 ¾” x 18” x 1 ¼” Plaster Cast Set In Drywall