Jahaira Yolanda Aguilar
How did you get into debt?
I am paying off a car and just graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I create art to escape the reality of my economic situation. I feel like my art gives me a voice amidst all of the uncertainty in my life. My art allows me to be somewhere else and focus on something I can control. I sometimes feel like I have no control over what is going to happen to my future financially especially now that Donald Trump is the president-elect. There is a big chance I might be poorer than I am now in the next 4 years due to the emphasis he is placing on other billionaire friends. Speaking in terms of my socially engaged work, my economic reality directly affects the programming I create. It is about resources and community and understanding your options for repayment. It is heavy-reality. I see my visual installation art and socially engaged work as 2 separate practices. One being more real than the other.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
My work would look different in terms of materials and scale. I am an installation artist and would always love to go bigger. I could go bigger if I could afford to go bigger.