YEAR:2010 – 2014


Emulsion, paint, wood

2010 – 2014

One cent is the basic unit of U.S. currency. Seemingly without value, pennies are touched by all, used by all, and thrown into a jar. I am interested in the daily experience and mindless traces pennies leave behind. When I apply a thin layer of clear glue onto the front of a coin, a relief forms from the hardened material which bears a semi-transparent portrait of Lincoln, dirt and residue of human touch, and the oxidization that tarnished its copper surface. In each individual relief, the value of the American ideological symbols – Lincoln’s portrait and the words “Liberty” and “In God We Trust” – have been transformed.