How did you get into debt?
Government loans, bank loans/ dental malpractice, owe taxes, and friends and family loans
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I cannot make art sometimes because I don't have the funds for materials and studio rent. This debt limits my possibilities to enter in residencies and other grants, as they have their own fees. With debt this big, I am unable to have the time and space to spread out in a studio space, with the kind of materials and services I need to use. Also, I would like to have an assistant to help with research and fabrication stuff. So, I can't produce the kind of work I need to make.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes. I would have the freedom to use money for materials and studio space - as well, I would have assistants and I would be able to travel as my work is about living in different cultures other than my own