Moving Money
 
 

MELANIE BAKER

The First George W, 2006
Charcoal/pastel on paper

My work is based on images of power; men, in particular, who wield control over others. For many years, I looked only at contemporary images of power. I began to look at historical images and artifacts as a way of understanding how we, as a nation, have become an empire. This iconic image of George Washington, from a painting by Gilbert Stuart, is a ubiquitous symbol of not only our country‚Äôs history but our very currency, which in turn was a global symbol for wealth and power. 

 

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