How did you get into debt?
Attending art school (California Institute of the Arts) and at times resorting to the use of credit cards in order to support myself and my practice. I was unable to receive student loans as an independent student without co-signors and so I recognize that I'm better off with regards to the amount of debt I've acquired compared to my fellow classmates. My only options were to work while attending school.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
My day-to-day activities and obligations are grounded in a working class reality. My life hangs on the edge of precarity, Food stamps enable me to eat, Medicaid affords me a doctor visit, Working enables me to study, Summers are for work, No rest, no residencies. Rihanna simultaneously haunts me and eerily gets me through my duties, "You see me I be work, work, work, work, work, work..." If one thing falls out of balance... One thing, One thing, One thing, Sickness and oh dear, dear medicine, Credit cards. Car problems, Credit cards. Late paycheck, Credit cards. My brain is a constant calculator. I rely on two buck chuck to shut down the calculator every once in a while. Beyond question, my art is affected by my life and therefore my economic reality.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Absolutely! I live a precarious life and that has a very clear influence on my work.