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Art of the Day: Sunday July 09, 2006

Found Money Spell

- by Kathleen Harper

This week's theme: Money

It is sought, earned, stolen, won, needed, wanted, despised and loved. It makes the world go round, changes everything, is the root of all evil. There is old money, new money, dirty money and found money. Bank it, invest it, spend it - can't live without it.

-Melissa Morton


Art: Found Money Spell by Artist Kathleen Harper
One of 30 pieces created for Forgotten Works challenge 2004. One piece per day was created and my personal "rules" were that each should have sixteen "panes," use only one photographic image per piece, explore the different photographic manipulations and not repeat one in a pane, and I added found objects to the collage that I had picked up that day. Many of the found items dictated that day's "theme". The 30 works were displayed through the month of August in the Forgotten Works gallery in downtown Seattle, along with the 30-day challenge art of about 50 other artists. My general concept was to capture the essence of the day in each piece of art, and the essence of the environment in which I found myself on each particular day. On this day, I found a crumpled dollar bill on the street outside a coffeehouse, and some metal washers that looked sort of like those brass rings from merrygorounds... found a scratch "lotto" card, & added a bit of foliage from the area near Seattle Center that looked like the garlands on a piece of paper money, added a "money spell" ... The money and the foliage became a sort of still life study, and money became the theme. The piece is on canvas board, computer-manipulated photo images collaged and combined with found objects, metallic paint, and gloss medium.

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