The first time I cut into a Dollar it felt sacriligious.
The first time I cut into a Yuan I felt nothing.
In the world currency market national economies falter or prosper based on our collective feelings about money. Objectively it is all just so much paper. Subjectively our relationship to money is complex, powerful and intensely personal. Whether considering the spoiled US Dollar, the imposing Chinese Yuan or the burdened Mexican Peso — the pieces by Janet Sheiner prompt us to examine how money impacts our view of the world and our place in it.
About the Artist:
A mixed media artist and business woman, Janet Sheiner has been making money for over 20 years. She began cutting money to understand why. After the initial discomfort and delight that comes from cutting money into bits of paper and metal, a sense of fascination emerges. There is a new found appreciation for the artistry in the money itself — the clever use of color, design, and symbolism to generate value beyond paper and ink. From this appreciation and research informed by her background in political science Janet re-infuses the deconstructed money with new value. To complete the metamorphosis from commercial currency to modern art Janet draws on a rich heritage as the daughter of a journeyman carpenter and a master seamstress