First Prize, Category: 2 Dimensional
Artist Statement -
Since 2007, I have been weaving with shredded money as a means to explore the ideas of labor, value, and self-worth. For many people,
dignity is achieved through the work that they do; the ability to provide for their loved ones, honor through contributing to the betterment
of society, or simply pride because of a job well done. My highly crafted and meticulous works not only illustrate a painstaking process,
but they also highlight the disparity between skilled labor and industry in the United States. If there are no jobs for people to find
strength through, then the social fabric begins to erode and individuals lose hope for what the future may hold.
A fundamental shift must take place within the United States that will move us away from the ongoing devaluation of skilled labor and
industry, towards self-empowerment and dignity through hard work, education, and sense of purpose.