Untitled (Grim Sleeper # 19), 2011, pastel on inkjetprint, 40" x 73.5"
How did you get into debt?
School and mortgage and credit cards, the majority of it is mortgage with $16,000 remaining of $50,000 in student loans
Untitled (Grim Sleeper #32), 2011, pastel on inkjet print, 40" x 67 3/8ths"
How does your economic reality effect your art?
Debt is a strange burden, it is like gravity. I adapt to it as just part of my economic environment and it simply becomes the framework in which I work. Just as it is almost impossible to fully imagine what is possible without gravity, it is difficult for me to imagine how my work would be different without the constraints of debt. By far my single largest expense is servicing my debts. I am not complaining, I took those on to achieve what I wanted to achieve and I did so understanding the cost it would entail, but without that monthly payment, I could at a minimum, execute larger scale projects where equipment would need to be rented/purchased and large scale materials acquired far more quickly. I could experiment with materials more freely, without worrying about the financial costs of failure as much, and I could make what I want more freely without having to spend time (and probably altering the scope of what I want to make) writing grants. Without those debts, I would be freer and more playful.
Untitled (Grim Sleeper #45), 2015, acrylic on inkjet print, 40"x50"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes. Without debt I could produce a number of works (especially large scale sculptures) that I can not currently afford to make and haven't been able to locate grants for. It would also allow me to expand or rent a new studio allowing for the far easier creation of larger works work.
Untitled (Grim Sleeper #11) 2014, colored sticker on inkjet print, 42" x 68"