Crown, 2019

Whilst making this I was thinking of the usual cliches around the circularity and symbolism of money and the grip this force has on our lives.  The poverty trap and its debilitating influence.  I’m also thinking of the Crown of Thorns and the symbolism of that historical torture held in place by 12 spokes.  It was serendipitous that the lowest coin denominations are magnetic and form the crown.  Each coin also wears a crown reinforcing the power of monarchy and privilege.  A wooden ‘cart’ wheel is pegged together in traditional fashion into the rim to replace the rubber tyre.

 

‘Crown’ exhibited at Buday Gallery, May 2019