untitled, 2017; graphite, charcoal on handmade paper. 22x18"
How did you get into debt?
Going to the Art Institute of Chicago for my undergrad, and having various medical bills and utilities bill debt unable to be covered by my income.
untitled, 2018; graphite on handmade paper. 4x6"
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I had to forgo my primary focus in college of making cast bronze sculptures for the practice of writing and drawing because of the intense cost related to sculpture making and mold making in general. I would say that I'm happy with my practice right now, but the fact that it's been so severely shaped by financial motivations is a haunting feeling, and I will always want to return to sculpture, regardless of the prohibitive costs, at some point in the course of my practice. In general, I am not allowed any of the freedoms which would make my practice more flexible and more productive creatively, and I try to hide it in order to make myself more attractive to galleries who are willing to show my work in order to seem more viable/consistent as an artist.
Cover art for self-published book of poetry titled "having given up," 2017. graphite on paper. 5.5x8.5"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Subsume, 2015. ink on paper. 8.5x11"