Aubrey Anne Roemer
How did you get into debt?
Pratt Institute and taking the high risk / high reward road with my art career and credit cards. If I drop dead tomorrow, it seems worth the debt to inch closer to a career as an artist.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I work as close to the bone as possible. Big purchases are airline tickets and residency fees. All other expenses are cut to a minimum. I grew up poor as dirt, with minor adjustments you can live well, but within your means, at least this is what I tell myself to get to sleep at night.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Ha! I have been in debt from age 18 on, and perhaps if economic realities did not delineate the past 14 years of my life, the work may not be so politically charged. It's possible that the work would be floral, garish, and saccharine.