The purpose of this work is to show the abstraction of money. Money has a specific value of its own and it possesses the unique characteristic to illustrate this value all around us, it is of major influence in our lives. This work is abstracting it in order to allow you to behold more than only its financial aspects.
The three pieces define money as an ‘abstract asset ‘. As a visible object and the embodiment of economic value, which it clearly addresses. Best compared to speech, which triggers an acoustic and physiological happening, but its whole significance becoming only visible for us by understanding and interpreting its words.
The work is demonstrating this by simply showing you a pattern from the distance. Though by looking closer and examining it carefully, it becomes clear that there is more than meets the eye. You will discover that these patterns are actually photographs consisting of signs of currency exchange offices. Every exchange sign is unique and totally different from one another. The patterns are a reference to Moldovan wall tapestry, in this work a more contemporary design is used without the elsewhere typical traditional floral embroidery. Despite the fact, that the country deals with political and economical issues, Moldova is still trying to modernize and at the same time trying not forgetting its old values and fundamental beliefs. What will remain through all the times however, is the value of money. Many of the inhabitants of Moldova work abroad to earn their money and then return to these offices to exchange it to local currency. Naturally this comes with some loss for them, because the offices need their cut as well. These ‘changes’ that occur in real life, can also be seen when you look at the work from different angles. Same as our perception and view changed during our stay in Moldova. It’s shifting constantly, no matter from which position you look at it.
As said before, this is a work of abstraction. It shall be shown by the reproduction of small details while the repetition of the work is supposed to further intensify. Money as a whole can be seen as a superficially entity, but a closer look reveals that its composed of many different factors.