Justin Thor Simenson
Image from We Are Neighbors, a project focused on the structural landscape of our communities.
How did you get into debt?
Buying a house, car, and credit card debt. Normal American dream stuff.
Image from But when it rains... , a project focused on how Albuquerque changed the lands relationship with water.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
The fact that my art is not my source of income is a blessing and a curse. It is a blessing because I have the freedom to work on projects that I choose. But it is also a curse because I have a lot less time to work on it around work and family.
Image from The Back Forty , a project focused on illegal dumping of trash on the west mesa of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes. For the past several years I have worked on self publishing book of my work. Those books would look a lot different if money was not a option.
Image from El Burque Commute , a project focused on how Albuquerque's development has created a commute culture