Marry Me For Chinese Citizenship, 2015, performance
How did you get into debt?
One part is medical debt. When I was in grad school in NYU, they forced me to psychiatric mental facilities (Woodhull Hospital by broadway), claiming I had a suicidal tendency. I was thrown into the 5th floor and kept there overnight while I told the school I didn't have medical insurance. I got a $4000 bill from it. The other part came from working at a gallery. I had a day job at a gallery in Shanghai. The gallery owner didn't pay my last month's salary or reimburse me for the expenses that entire month, which in total round up to around $3000, so I took them out from my credit card and haven't been able to pay back since.
GЯΔPΣҒRUIT, 2016, text on acrylic, dimension variable
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I would have more time and energy to do research instead of working on different gigs to pay back the debt and everything. So in wishful thinking, I think my works would be more developed.
Miscellaneous, 2014, digital collage, size variable
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I think so.
Art labor at large, 2016