Mantra, or Acconci adapting LeWitt. 2014. Quote attributed to Vito Acconci paraphrasing Sol LeWitt in 1969, ink pen on paper. 12x16 inches.
How did you get into debt?
I chose to get an MFA because I wanted to teach undergraduate classes. Over the course of two years, I gained some strong connections, lost a lot of faith in the art industry and the post-graduate education system, and acquired enough debt to make teaching financially unviable. Now, I work a professional job, and make safe art on the side: it's the only way I know of to grapple with $125,000 of debt.
On Spectacle. 2014. Text of Guy Debord's The Society of the Spectacle, ink pen on paper. Forty-nine 9x6 inch panels.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I have very little time to make art, and when I do create, it often feels more like a selfish release than an action with any real use value. I use only cheap materials, and I critique only the art system’s politics. As a writer, a poet, or an academic, I speak. As an artist, I remain as objective as possible.
Babel. 2015. Genesis 11:1-9 as Google Translated into twenty-one languages, ink pen on paper. Twenty-one 12x9 inch panels.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Absolutely. I make dry, apolitical art, and rarely introduce my own voice into my work. I critique the art industry rather than addressing larger social problems directly, because I can't afford to say anything that would put my job at risk.
Titled (Copy). 2016. Acrylic on panel. 30x30 inches.