How did you get into debt?
Going back to school to get my MFA, Traveling for an artist residency
How does your economic reality effect your art?
As much as I would like to ignore it, my economic reality is alway there. It whispers to me to scale my work back, make things smaller and make things I can sell. It's there when I try to make pieces I don't have to then frame afterwards since I don't have money to pay for the materials to make frames. It's there when I am always picking up odd jobs whenever they come up because I'm always broke, even if they have nothing to do with my skills as an artist and distract from my work. It's there when I sell something to someone way too cheaply because I just really need the money. It's there when I say no to opportunities too far from where I live because I can't afford to get the work there and the gallery won't pay to help ship it.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I would have dived into making video works much sooner, so I think my video work would be more mature. Right now, I am working on computers at a school since I don't have the means to buy the editing software and computer I need. I would be making huge drawings again like I did in grad school. They are impossible to sell and just stack up in my home, but are some of my best work.