How did you get into debt?
Student loans. My family helped me co-sign for them every year. My grandmother signed over the first year of college, and paid off the first year's debt before she passed away. My parents and wife are bound to the debt as well, It has been uncomfortable at times when they receive calls from debt collectors.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I decided against going to the School of the Art Institute this year, even with a generous scholarship because I did not want to go into massive debt. As I'm becoming more financially aware, I'm realizing that my art practice is a main cause that I have no savings. Even the things I sell don't really balance out my investment, because much of it sits in stock waiting to be sold. I'm really working over that in my head. How will this awareness shift my creative practice? Will I stop making art with materials I have to buy all together?
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I'm not sure. There is a doom and gloom associated with it, but I don't see the debt having any purposeful influence to my work. I suppose I could afford a lot more in life if I wasn't chipping away paying monthly. A studio space? More travel? I could take bigger risks with materials.