How did you get into debt?
My debt is a combination of mortgage on my house, credit card debt and tuition costs for my three children's college education.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I have the advantage of living in New York since 1985; the cost of living was lower, an artist could survive on part time employment and inexpensive studio spaces were much easier to find. One year after moving to the city I attended Skowhegan, an artist residency in Maine where I met my people. This community has challenged and moved me and helped me to define the work I make. I have an engaging daily practice and I am fortunate to have secured a studio space years ago before artists were forced to move to the far reaches of the five boroughs. I have never worked with the pressure to produce art for the commercial gallery/ art fair model. I have chosen to work in a way that most suits my needs, ethics and ideas. I also work as an artist/curator at The Drawing Center where I co-curate Open Sessions, an artist driven exhibition program which is a model of mutual aide and exchange between artists that I find meaningful and necessary.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Hard to say.