Impotence of the Penitent, 2017, 20"x24" inkjet print
How did you get into debt?
I got into debt by returning to school and finishing my BFA in art studio at UNM. This number reflects both student loan debt and credit card debt necessary to support both my cost of living and art supplies during my formal education.
Requiem, 2018, 14"x13" inkjet print
How does your economic reality effect your art?
My economic reality affects my art by reducing my opportunities. I want to create a fine art inkjet printing collective. We were going to apply for a Fulcrum Fund grant, and as the grants must be accepted as personal income, I didn't apply. I cannot afford to artificially inflate my personal income by $10,000 as I would price myself out of affordable health care. Now I am ride share driving to save money for ink for the printer and reduce my debt. If I weren't working a second job I could devote more time to my art and to supporting fellow artists creatively. If I could accept a grant without worrying about affording health care, I could already be working in a private or shared studio.
By Any Other Name, 2017, 20"x24" inkjet print
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
If I were not in debt my work would be much more prolific. I would be able to afford ink for my large format printer, more photographic and lighting equipment, studio space, and more materials for experimentation. Not only does my debt present material obstacles, but it also contributes to energetic and emotional obstacles that can be paralyzing.
Piece from "Jellyfish Garden", 2018, 40"x72" inkjet print on silk