How did you get into debt?
Supporting my art practice for almost 20 years in New York, Baltimore and Brooklyn. Living with the wrong woman. Occasional irresponsible behavior (see drug and alcohol habit to alleviate stress due to debt or as I like to refer to it, my catch 22 situation).
How does your economic reality effect your art?
It forces me to use materials and techniques I otherwise wouldn't use if I could afford "the standard" expensive stuff. Also, I sometimes have had and continue to work in some unusual spaces. So the work shrinks or grows in scope in size depending on my studio situation. Currently, I am working in a large barn, but it is seasonal, so I have a small room in the farmhouse I have dedicated to working on smaller things during the winter. Smaller spaces also push my practice away from painting and towards more video/film, sound and photography as well as other conceptual ventures.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Perhaps. I am however happy with the direction my practice has taken me and with more money I may never have experimented with certain materials and techniques that have defined my work.