Making Money

This is the first post in a series about making money. And by making money I mean it in the most literal sense possible. I collected iron ore, made iron and engraved a coin.

Money is a piece I made in 2015. Or the process actually started in 2014 in the form of collecting information and figuring out what I was getting into and whether there was any chance of pulling it off. The work, Money, was first on display in August in Gallery Å in Turku, Finland as part of my solo exhibition of the same name.

The gallery version of the piece consists of 25 photographs, many of which are layouts of several photographs, and the coin itself.

I sold the Money “for what it’s worth”, 1 cent, that is. However, there was some small print in the exhibition catalogue with a clause: “The buyer claims only the ownership of the artwork, the artwork and all rights thereof remain with the artist.” I later heard that the couple who bought the piece were pleased about being able to collect art and not have to store it, but at the same time puzzled how they were going to split the expense in half. I think it went to the right home. Or well it didn’t physically go anywhere, it sits in cardboard box under the table in my studio.

I took thousands of pictures in the making, so I figured I could share a more detailed view of process.

February 22, 2017

A New Direction

I’m one of those artists who doesn’t show any of their work until they’re absolutely certain everything is the way it has to be. In fact, I don’t even start physically working on a piece before I am sure how it has to be made, what it has to be made of and what the end result has to be.

I guess, that’s why it was so difficult to write this first post: I’m not exactly sure what this blog is about. And that is precisely why I’m doing this. To teach myself new habits. To show stuff before it’s ”done”. To give up on some of my precious perfectionism.

That said, I won’t be throwing away the thoroughness of planning ahead completely. I have things in mind which will combine you, the reader, not knowing what I’m pursuing, and me, knowing what I’m aiming for, but not knowing exactly how to get there. A journey together, if you like.

A lot of the posts will have something to do with various crafts. Some of which are quite obscure and – I’m hesitant to say ”primitive”, but since that is probably what it looks like to most people, I’ll let it pass for now – primitive. I’ll try to address my sentiment on the word in a later post.

Thanks for reading, welcome again!

February 22, 2017

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