DA Aschbacher Artist
How did you get into debt?
Making art objects requires time, thought (reasearch) and a peaceful safe place in which to make my work. The realities of the world requires I must also participate in the fundamentals of living: food, housing, daily living costs, and paying taxes. My work must be made (at all costs), although it doesn't support me, credit allows me to make my work every day. Because I am a social realist painter, I needed an art education in order to talk about and support the kind of work I do. This is my reality.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
Not making money from my art means I must rely on someone else to pay my art bills, or work and make art part-time. Both situations are very difficult and humiliating. My reality is that in the art world I can't take care of myself, but working outside the art world I can. I am not secure in my art practice. It took me so long to show up and be present in my work; to understand what my intent is in each art object; and to paint what I am trying to say; and to know my work must be seen. I don't have time (years left) not to make art full time. The work must be made - this is who I am - the work must be seen.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I am making the work I want to make and saying what I need to say. My work wouldn't look different, I just wouldn't be afraid (nervous/anxious) every day I make art. My energy and thoughts would be about solving the problems within my work and pushing it forward instead of: WILL I SURVIVE ONE MORE DAY. Freedom from financial worries might free my work...