Fine art should be used to present a social commentary to challenge, expand and educate viewers. My work challenges the viewer to re-evaluate their relationship with money, consumerism, and the dark money that drives our society. The compositions and the application of the paint removes the money from their everyday context and displays it in an idolized fashion.
The work sets up juxtaposition between the perceived and actual values of the money. Currency fluctuates in value due to many exterior factors, such as inflation, the global market, and the rising cost of goods. The precarious stacks also comment on the fragile stability of our economic climate, both in the United State and in the world as a whole. Rolling the dollar bills and having the viewer see it from the side, and through a hollow center, reflects the empty promises that accompany the accumulation of wealth. I juxtapose that by standing up the rolled bills to give an air of strength. This series will ultimately have the audience thinking about what money can truly buy and have them realize that it is not a true path to fulfillment.
I use my voice and my art to bring attention to matters that I find most pressing. The common thread in all of my pieces is that they engender a conversation with the viewer about relationships. The work evokes to the obvious, if sometime unconscious, relationships that we have with objects we encounter every day. Aesthetically there is the purely visual relationship of the objects in a space, and to one another. My compositions transform those mundane objects into subjects that demand attention while engaging the viewer in the discourse that I wish to provoke. Ultimately, I would like to spark a dialogue between my work and the viewer, who hopefully will appreciate the stylistic and technical choices that I have made.
- JOE HEALY, Vermont Studio Center Marketing & Communications Manager
- JAMIE URETSKY, New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! Curator
- KIMBERLY HENRIKSON, Center for Contemporary Printmaking Executive Director