Artist Mark Wagner has made a remarkably diverse collection of collages out of a single object: the dollar bill. The collages include portraits, illustrations of plants and animals, and illustrations rich in commentary. George Washington’s pleasantly smiling face features prominently throughout. Visit his site to see many, many more. And don’t miss “Liberty,” a 14-part super collage of the Statue of Liberty.
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.