How did you get into debt?
My debt is entirely education tuition related- from by undergrad and then recent graduate degree. I worked the entire time I was in school, but I needed loans to help cover my tuition. I knew that the cost of these universities was higher because they were private, but they also were places that I knew I was going to get a great education. I was thinking of what I would learn first then how I would pay it further down the line. Was this slightly insane? Possibly. But I guess I am a little too. But I decided to do what I thought would be best for me and my artwork; at the risk of taking on the education debt. And in hindsight, yes, I learned a ton at these schools and got to learn from some amazing people.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I feel like it effects me mentally first and then it trickles to my practice. The stress of knowing that I have these loans to take care of fuels the urgency to have a working practice. Then it also adds a layer there that I wish I didn't have. It would be nice to not have to think about money so much. It also effects the size of my studio space I can afford and storage, whether I can afford to take certain opportunities at certain time periods. The cost of rent in New York also contributes to this a lot though.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Right now, no. But it does effect what is at stake and puts the business aspect in a whole different perspective.