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Moku hanga woodblock print by Annie Bissett about money cliches money sound as a dollar not worth the paper it's printed on
Japanese Woodblock Print with transfer drawing
12.5" x 19" (32 x 48 cm)

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10.25" x 17" (26 x 43 cm) image size
Paper: Shikoku White
Edition: 10

This pair of cliches about money reveals the dilemma we face in using printed money. It's just paper. Really special paper, made of cotton and linen and colored fiber inclusions, but still just paper. Its value comes from us, from our minds and hearts, not from the paper and not from the ink. I suspect that a lot of printmakers and artists who work on paper will recognize this conundrum. I used my father's handwriting to represent poverty, as he came from a very poor family. You can read his story here.