Slip, 2016, Oil on Fabric, 12 x 12 inches
How did you get into debt?
I am in debt because I wanted to pursue a higher education. With tuition costs and living costs so high and no financial aids from the government, I had no choice but to get loans to pay for it.
Above, 2016, Acrylic Guoache & Oil on Found Denim, 36 x 24 inches
How does your economic reality effect your art?
It restricts my ability to make work. The amount of time I would put in is now put into part time jobs to be able to pay rent, buy food, and buy gas for my car. It restricts the materials that I am able to have to use for my work. the cost of certain paints or mediums are now out of my budget. It's either make art or eat food for the week sometimes.
Invitation, 2016, Acrylic & Oil on Canvas, 72 x 48 inches
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes, I believe so. If I wasn't in debt and had my own studio, my work would literally grow in size, and I wouldn't have to choose between a meal or materials.
Dibble Dabble, 2016, Acrylic & Oil on Canvas, 60 x 48 inches