How did you get into debt?
Securing an MFA, participating in exhibitions, traveling, living in NYC, opening an art gallery, moving to Connecticut, New Orleans, Santa Fe and renting and then buying a car for work.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
For the last twenty years after completing my MFA I have accrued tens of thousands of dollars of debt to maintain my art practice, open a contemporary curatorial project / gallery in the Hamptons (we lived in the gallery, unbeknownst to gallery-goers), and to participate in art fairs, with sales here and there. I am resourceful and frugal but have not figured out how to make work for free or how to live rent-free. I know it can be done... artists make wonderful work with sticks and rocks...and live as squatters...I am driven to make things with other materials that aren't especially expensive but the motors and mechanized elements can be. In NYC I managed to find (with the help of a partner more savvy than me) a rent-stabilized apartment.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Debt has always been a part of my life ... it colors everything I do, including making work.