All through 2020, Stacey Lee Webber developed Insurrection Bills, a revisionary assortment of United States forex overlaid with subversive stitches: flames envelop monuments, a wall is left unfinished, and an eclectic array of face masks disguise Abraham Lincoln’s portrait. Contrasting the muted tones of the paper, the colourful embroideries stand in stark distinction and as amended narratives to these depicted on the assorted denominations. “The collection references emotions of anger, turmoil, and frustration throughout the tense political local weather whereas recontextualizing and questioning the beloved iconography we see on our cash,” she tells Colossal.
At present working from her studio and residential in Philadelphia’s Globe Dye Works, Webber is formally skilled in metalsmithing—she has an MFA from the College of Wisconsin, the place she initially started utilizing forex as the premise of her initiatives—and sees the 2 mediums as an ongoing dialog. Embroidery “permits me to work in a quieter setting outdoors of my steel store performing as a form of ying to the yang, mushy and onerous, masculine and female,” she says.
Lots of Webber’s sculptures contain soldering cash, together with the copper penny works that make up The Craftsmen Sequence and query the worth of blue-collar labor within the U.S. Comprised of hole, life-sized instruments, the gathering visualizes “placing infinite quantities of labor right into a single cent,” the artist says.
Webber has a number of exhibitions this 12 months, together with at TW Fine Art Palm Beach Outpost in April, Philadelphia’s Bertrand Productions in October, and Art on Paper Fair in New York Metropolis this November. When you can’t see the currency-based initiatives in particular person, head to Instagram, the place the artist shares a bigger assortment of her works and glimpses into her studio.
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