How did you get into debt?
Most of my debt accumulated through student loans to pay tuition and other expenses at Texas State University while completing my BFA. Currently, I am a MFA student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Through this contract we are obligated not to work more than 5 hours at a job outside of the University since our contract offerers a tuition waiver and a stipend. Although this may be, the amount is not nearly enough for sustainable living, and the expense to make artwork. I have taken out student loans to help with the extra cost.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
My work changed in dimension-- paintings became smaller due to income-- after completing my BFA, and I am aware it may happen again after completing my MFA. Although, this does not mean the work will not progress, but things may develop slower. Conceptually my work even speaks on a particular economic reality that I have experienced my entire life.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
I think my work would look the same to a degree. The aspect of it that could change is the choice of material I use. Currently, I try to utilize materials that are fairly inexpensive and easily accessible at a local hardware store.