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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Money IN Art

I wish that was Money FOR Art :) but I've been working on a project that I've mentioned here before; about Advertising, our current culture of ME, ME, ME, and the outlandish spending that precipitated our current recession. Those cultural reflections made me also think about our news media. Is it me, or does it seem that the news covers tabloid stories more often then "real" news? I mean, I like the juicy tidbits, I'm human, but not when it becomes the entire 30-60 minutes of coverage. I like to refer to what I think is a cultural phenomenon of our time, as: Tabloid Nation {copyright}. I have so many ideas, some of which are in my head and many of which I have preliminary drawings of, that I have decided to make it a series (or work on it til I'm bored and start on another fabulous, can't resist, idea).

Oh look, fluffy bunny. Yes yes, I'm ADHD [Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder], which I think is partially chemical imbalance, part hormonal- I've arrived at the Peri-menopausal portion of my life and part, environmental. I could argue that I don't see it as a "disorder" exactly and that my approach to life in some ways, is a gift, but I'll save that for another day. So back to environmental/cultural influences- Go! Go! Go. We need more things, we need more money, we need more work to buy the things we don't need. Ok, not so true now that we are in recession. Now we just need work to pay our mortgage.

And finally, I'm back to the title of this post! [fooooo-cus, focus!] I want to actually put money in my art. After reading several paragraphs at: http://www.usmint.gov/consumer/index.cfm?flash=yes&action=busguide&sub=Altered
and nearly falling asleep, I was surprised to find that this isn't illegal. As long as I don't try to pass my art off as actual US currency......my art would be very hard to put into the cash register...

3 comments:

Shazza said...

I have a lot of pennies I can donate to the cause!

Yvonne said...

LOL Shazza. Sure honey, just a few though . Thanks. I think I'm going to put 3 or 4 dollars in there :) Maybe a copy of a 1,000 dollar bill. I saw one once, a very, very long time ago.

Denise Stevens said...

Does it HAVE to be US dollars? I've got change from various countries that I've carried home with me, unable to exchange...oh, plus PLENTY of pennies : )

Did you see Ethan Watters on the Daily Show the other night? He wrote a book I'm interested in reading called "Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche." When you mentioned how you choose to see yourself as having a gift instead of a disorder(ADHD) -- this thinking is in line with this book. Or at least, people in other cultures would not label you as having a disorder. You are YOU. And YOU are wonderful!