Currency Collage by Mark Wagner

Mark Wagner sure makes the most of his money! Like no other artist Mark Wagner understands the often overlooked one dollar bill, or as he calls it the “most ubiquitous piece of paper in America”. Using nothing more than an exacto knife and glue, the New York-based artist manages to take the great features of the American one dollar bill and cuts them up and rearranges the pieces into incredible art pieces showing scenes, animals, plants and faces. Amazing!

Statement on collage with currency:

“The one dollar bill is the most ubiquitous piece of paper in America. Collage asks the question: what might be done to make it something else? It is a ripe material: intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree, and steeped in symbolism and concept. Blade and glue transform it-reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers—striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable… the foreign in the familiar.”

All images © Mark Wagner