How did you get into debt?
undergraduate private liberal arts college and public graduate school loans
How does your economic reality effect your art?
This is a complicated question. "Economic reality," in my mind, should include creative/cultural, educational and community capital. Looking only at the numbers, I am low income and looking at my profession, I'm an unstable freelancer. However, I have a lot of community resources available to me. I live cooperatively, have an affordable studio, low debt, am not supporting any family, and am currently able-bodied. I also received a sizable grant this year, allowing me to take a couple more creative risks. I have some small savings and occasionally travel. I often feel anxious knowing how vulnerable my situation is in the long term (no retirement, no job security). I know that my risk-taking as a freelancer is in direct relationship to my privilege as a white, able-bodied, person of middle class family status. I don't make large scale work because I have no where to put it. I don't have gallery representation or dealers supporting my practice so my material risks are still quite conservative. The most interesting risks I take as an artist have to do with the content of the work.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
No, I don't think my work would look substantially different if I weren't in debt.