Land Bridge I, 2018, Pen and Mixed Media on Panel, 36" x 36"
How did you get into debt?
My advanced degrees (M.Arch, MFA) in art and design came at a high price. No regrets
Tessellation Painting, Green and Yellow (Nihodilhil), 2018, Lithography, Serigraphy, Graphite and Collage on Panel, 36" x 36"
How does your economic reality effect your art?
Yes, my economic reality has multiple consequences that affect the work I create. 1. MATERIALS can be expensive, and I currently can't always afford everything to complete a piece. I sometimes rely on found objects, mediums, etc because they are free. 2. LOCATION I currently live on the Navajo Reservation to work at a Tribal College, because my only option for escaping debt is loan forgiveness. Location influences the works I produce.
Secondary Diagram, Orange, 2017, Mixed Media on Paper, 41 3/8" x 29.5"
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
No, I don't believe my debt has caused the aesthetic of my work to look radically different. Although, I currently work on the Navajo Reservation as art faculty at Dine College, while making progress towards loan forgiveness. Environment, landscape, and social/political issues play a significant role in the things I create and the Navajo Nation is a unique place to have a studio.
Simple Architecture I, 2017, Pen and Gouache on Paper, 29.5" x 41 3/8"