Beautiful Money Art
Recent RISD grad Laura Vanessa Tickle (Go RISD!!) explores the relationship between value and wealth with a series of work using currency as medium. In “Value Exploration”, Laura asks the question, “Does how much we look like we spend affect how we are treated?”
I feel jealousy stir inside as I watch a woman walk past me, Gucci in clutch. I’m not envious of the bag but of the life I think she has. What determines the wealth of a life? Why do we want to broadcast our worth? My work is an opportunity to explore this subconscious. I too am materialistic. I must perform a metamorphosis on materials to discover their hidden meanings and strip them of their iconic and contextual values. Dissecting currency leaves the essentials – chipboard, decorative paper and an altered graphic design - a far cry from added economic value. Daily interactions are sources for my reflection and reaction. What makes you question your assumptions?