Painter : Painter, September 2018, Oil on canvas dropcloth, 92.5" x 72.5"
How did you get into debt?
I have not been able to pay state taxes from being self employed. I am in debt to New York state.
How does your economic reality effect your art?
The work, "Painter : Painter", directly relates to my economic reality. The surface is the dropcloth I have used for the last year for my residential/ commercial painting business. The imagery is a chopped up version of the logo that I use for my business, "Spiff's Painting". I love working for my self, but being placed in a high self-employment tax bracket is also the reason for my New York City tax debt. I moved away from New York because I could no longer afford being an artist there. Although I no longer live there, the debt I have from that place is still with me. It enters my work occasionally as a theme.
Would your work look different if you weren't in debt?:
Yes. I feel the burden of debt and that manifests into the iconography that I include in my work sometimes. Debt causes me a steady undercurrent of anxiety. This feeling enters my drawings as abstract or figurative icons and graphics, which can then become the compositional framework for paintings.