Pedro y Belen (the matrix), 2018, balsa wood and ink, 18''x18''
How did you get into debt?
Pedro y Belen en Albuquerque, 2018, relief print with pastel and stamping, 18''x18''
How does your economic reality effect your art?
I am a floral designer, sometimes for eleven hour shifts, 7 months out of the year. This is how I generate the majority of my income year round. This leaves minimal time for artistic development in printmaking, which is my passion. I am limited by my occupational income as it does not pay for the expensive materials that my art requires as well as time to promote it. I would prefer to spend eleven hours a day dedicated to printmaking but my current income from art sales is inadequate for a full-time occupation. The money required to conceptualize, produce, market and distribute is more than I currently earn from the art itself. I don't have enough time or resources to promote my own pieces. The structure of a group show would radically increase my exposure amongst local peers and galleries. It would dramatically bolster my presence in the community and potentially help with gallery presence making my art more economically viable.
Elena, pasos por bulería I, 2017, relief print and hand stitching, 44''x36''
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Nani y Rafael, silencio doblado, 2017, hand woven relief prints, 41''x41''