How did you get into debt?
Mortgage, bad faith business deals, dishonest businesses, swindled by con artists, false promises, swindled by dishonest schools
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I am really not able to create the kind of work I am capable of. An artist is not evaluated by their potential. An artist is evaluated by what they have made. Sculpture is expensive to make. It requires a studio where work can be created and stored. I can't afford a studio and have to work out of my house which has also affected my family life. A lack of economic security has also affected my family. Limited resources have affected the choices I am able to make, the choices my children have, the way people perceive me, the type of house I live in. All of this affects my art because it is difficult to create work when one is not sure how to pay bills. It is difficult to create work when sending out resumes is a full time job. It is difficult to create work when my intellectual property is stolen by larger companies and I am treated like a slave and a failure.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes, debt crushes the spirit. As my income and economic situation is very much tied to my ideas and the way businesses have used portfolio samples I have sent them to create product lines without compensating me, if I had been compensated, I would have been able to take the money and either pay off debt or start a product line with the money I was paid.