How did you get into debt?
I applied for a FAFSA loan to finance an MFA. After I returned from school in the UK, my spouse and I filed for a divorce.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I stopped making art for 2 years. My whole life was literally in storage. I earned a decent wage before I went to take my MFA. But when my spouse said he would not support me after I completed one year of the program, I had to quit school and start over. He said, "I did not sign up to marry an artist."
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I had spent much of my savings on my postgraduate art education. I was counting on support from my spouse after school, until I could re-establish myself in California. However, my spouse told me not to return to the conjugal home. I found out he was dating someone over twenty years his junior. For the next two and a half years, I couch surfed and sublet until I could find an apartment and a job. I did not produce any new work during that period.