How did you get into debt?
I began incurring debt when I graduated with my first degree in 1986. I began paying back student loans for this degree and incurred more when I attended graduate school. Although I have always worked a full time job while I continue to produce art, it has been a challenge to pay off the student debt plus credit card debts that supported my education. I am now in my 50's and still paying off student loans, credit card debt + a home mortgage. I continue to work full time while I make art and hope to find a way out of this financial cycle of debt.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
Most important...there has always been the constant of wanting and needing to interpret the world around me, however difficult it may be to afford it or find time for it. At all costs I do it. The reality of earning enough money to pay off debt and survive does consume the majority of time in my life but I do whatever I need to to continue because it is essential. Unfortunately, financial debt does limit the amount of time and materials I can apply to art making. In some ways, it inspires and informs me, in other ways it is stifling and oppressive. I am currently making my payments but have temporarily defaulted on loans in the past.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
If I were not in debt I would dedicate more time and resources to my research and dedicate more time to creative thinking and artmaking.