Meticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark Wagner

Meticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark Wagner

Meticulously handcrafted using small pieces of U.S. one dollar bills, New York based artist Mark Wagner’s currency collages reconfigure the familiar green-and-black-printed paper into fantastical garden scenes, strange creatures and US politicians past and present. In addition to showcasing the uncanny precision for which Wagner is known, the collaged illustrations express poignant criticism of our addiction to money.

Meticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark WagnerMeticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark WagnerMeticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark Wagner

Originally a printer and book binder who had long dabbled in collage, Wagner first started cutting up dollar bills as material for his art in 1999 after he went looking for the most “common” paper he could find to use for one of his works. He soon came to realize how versatile money can be as a medium, as well as the limitless possibilities and meaning money has to people and the essential part it plays in everyone’s life.

Meticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark WagnerMeticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark WagnerMeticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark Wagner

“The dollar bill is publicly valued, and I like making it privately valuable – or to reflect how rick the person is that I’m depicting.” says Wagner. “A log of American figures really are made by the U.S. currency.

Meticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark WagnerMeticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark WagnerMeticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark WagnerMeticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark Wagner

His works can be described as currency collages keenly and playfully exploring the intersections of wealth, power and democracy. As stated by Pavel Zoubok Gallery, “Wagner’s collages speak to the anxiety, theatricality and deep divisiveness of our current political discourse in ways both astute and void of didacticism.”

Meticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark WagnerMeticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark WagnerMeticulously Handcrafted Political Currency Collages by Mark Wagner

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