Money impacts virtually every aspect of our lives.
It may be that "love of money is the root of all evil" but money itself is not evil. Money can have a corrupting effect but it can also be used to great benefit for good. This of course is more a comment on the human condition rather than on the nature of money.
Depending on the topic under consideration money's perceived influence may be destructive or constructive or even nonexistent. For example, consider the concept of freedom. Many say money increases freedom by providing more choice and opportunity. On the other hand some think the need or the desire for money enslaves. While others believe freedom is a state of mind and money's role is just an illusion.
One's view of money's relationship to various subjects, from love to politics to technology to entertainment, speaks a great deal about one's approach to life in general.
Artist's Statement on the Money Series
Philosophy and Composition
Each piece in the Money Series is composed of a primary subject overlaid with a dollar sign.
Focus your attention on the dollar sign in ‘Security’, the image displayed below. Examine the shape of the dollar sign, the globes on each end of the S shape and the two vertical lines running through the middle. Concentrating on the dollar sign distracts your view away from the primary object, the padlock, just as giving money too high a priority can distract from your true objectives.
Now switch your attention on to the padlock. Consider the texture of the metal, the shape of the key hole, the raised center section and the overall shape of the padlock. Now the dollar sign has become a much smaller part of your awareness.
We control which aspect of the piece has the greatest impact on our consciousness. Likewise we have control over our perception of money’s influence on our own personal sense of security.
Not only does each of us have a particular perception of money’s relationship to various subjects but we also have control to one degree or another of that perception.