Catherine Page Harris
sharing a drink, bobcat drinking, 2017, 5' x 2' digital inkjet print
How did you get into debt?
I got a loan to buy a house, took out a loan to buy a pick up truck so I could carry materials around, and I have 8,163 in credit card consumer debt begun by a couple of art research trips to Europe and the East Coast. That debt has proved to be hard to remove.
installation - sharing a drink, 2018, water from Rio Grande, bottled water, water filters and dispensers, inkjet photographs, projection
How does your economic reality effect your art?
My economic reality means I cannot change jobs easily or even take a sabbatical meaningfully from my job, though that is one of the ways in which I get paid by getting time to do my research. My husband does not work for a University and thus has no sabbatical. If he has no income for a year while we travel to a research site, then we are sunk economically.
"sharing shelves", 2018, plywood, solar powered, charging stations and shelves for book and food distribution, built with ARTS 441/541 Sculptural Infrastructure, 8' x 4' x 4', plywood and solar panels
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes. I currently depend on applying for small grants to create work so as not to incur more debt. Thus I make what I can get funded.
Trans-species Repast, installation at CCA, Santa Fe, 2015, recycled cardboard, video projection, mylar, plywood, fabric and stencils, dimensions variable