Artist turns money into art by creating portraits out of shredded cash

Artist turns money into art by creating portraits out of shredded cash

ArtJuly 28, 2014

Deciding what to do with your paycheck can be a lot of work, unless you're artist Evan Wondolowski. He used thousands of shredded strips of U.S. cash create his portrait series "Made of Money," which functions to demote money from a means of exchange to a means of expression in a symbolic stand against greed. That, or you could buy groceries ...

Of course, the money used in these portraits is no longer valid as legal tender; (if it was, we'd be out buying so many Coors Lights with it), however its destruction has created a way to reconstitute a thing of value into something equally valuable, but in an entirely different way. Evan's subjects range from Barack Obama to Biggie Smalls to Stephen Colbert, all who symbolize a different relationship between society and cold hard cash in their own way.

Each portrait took about a month to make and is finished with vine charcoal to increase the contrast.

And, since we know you were wondering, you can buy shredded cash on eBay for $3.49. Just don't bring that shit to the strip club. Look: