Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Justine Smith



Justine Smith, Instruments of State
Justine Smith, Instruments of State


Justine Smith, Rates of Attrition
Justine Smith, Rates of Attrition


Justine Power, Collateral Damage
Justine Smith, Collateral Damage


Justine Smith, Love
Justine Smith, Love


Justine Smith, Drug Money
Justine Smith, Drug Money


Justine Smith, Money Map of Africa
Justine Smith, Money Map of Africa


Justine Smith, Love Money
Justine Smith, Love Money


Justine Smith, Dirty Money
Justine Smith, Dirty Money


Justine Smith, Rise & Fall
Justine Smith, Rise & Fall


Justine Smith, Oil Money
Justine Smith, Oil Money


Justine Smith, Euro Europe
Justine Smith, Euro Europe


Justine Smith, Hush Money
Justine Smith, Hush Money


Justine Smith, Instruments of State - Iran
Justine Smith, Instruments of State - Iran


Justine Smith, Holy Trinity
Justine Smith, Holy Trinity


Justine Smith, Absolute Power
Justine Smith, Absolute Power



Paper has always been a primary material in the work of Justine Smith. Her current work is concerned with the concept of money and how it touches almost every aspect of our lives. She is interested in money as a conduit of power and also in the value systems with which we surround it. On a physical level a banknote is just a piece of paper, but it is what a banknote actually represents that is central to Smith’s work. Through her collages, prints and sculptures she examines our relationship with money in a political, moral and social sense, whilst also exploiting the physical beauty of the notes.

She has exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, and has work in the collections of the British Council, the UK Government Art Collection, financial institutions, international corporations and numerous private collections. She lives and works in London.



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16 comments:

Trissta said...

Oooh!! I'm totally loving this! That Holy Trinity really gets me thinking... Wow. Definitely some great art that shows what many people only think about.

Much Love,
Trissta

kimbirdy said...

wow, this is pretty powerful. money drives the most horrific acts all over the world, and the thing is, we the consumers support this process with our purchases. this really makes you think. it also reminds me of the MIA song "paper planes."

Alina said...

These pieces of are do make you take a step back. It holds up to the old saying that Money is the Root of All Evil.

Dancing Branflake said...

Provocative and creative. I like! Now that is some art I could think about for a long time after.

Anonymous said...

so creative with the guns

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Cheryl Ann said...

those guns and grenades are the shit! i'm in a foul mood right now so i am feeling a little violent, i guess...?? i would fire the shit out of a money gun ;)

Kathryn said...

She has done a fantastic job capturing the deeper meaning and made it artistically aesthetic.

She has a rare gift of stating something that is just a whisper but can turn into a roar when you really look at the piece.

Jen said...

Likey! All the cool people are across the pond :) Cept' you of course.

Phoenix said...

Damn... I am blown away by how awesome and chilling some of these are. Particularly the grenades wrapped in money. Wow.

Thanks for posting. Amazing political messages here (and isn't that what art is all about?)

bananas. said...

i flippin LOVE these!!!!!!!!! they're so MONEY and i don't care how cliche that saying is.

i want that LOVE piece in my house STAT. that or the DIRTY money. actually, they're all so awesome i want them all! justine rocks!!!

MONEY. how can you not love it?

blueviolet said...

Very cool and unique.

wlr said...

This is so powerful and I love that there's an integration of terrible and beautiful... Great post!

...love Maegan said...

I am so in love with these.

Claire Kiefer said...

This is some rad shit. So impressed; so glad to know about her. Right up my alley.

melifaif said...

Major fan right here. Love those....

Kitty Stampede said...

ooooo....i love me some good political art. especially with a bang.