Dimension 25 x 14 x 7.5 cm
Mixed Materials
Injection kit featuring mahogany wooden box 24 karat gold plated syringe, vial with 5 ml dose of dollar ink recovered from approximately $10,000 in US currency.


The Cure for Greed

Whatever we feel about greed, we can agree on one thing: it exists. Whether there’s too much of it in the world, or too little, is a matter of opinion, not understanding. On one side of the debate, some believe it’s the root of all that is corrupt and evil. Conversely, greed is seen and often celebrated as the key behaviour that allowed our species to adapt and evolve so successfully.

But what exactly is greed? Is it an immutable algorithm hardwired in our DNA, a survival instinct that triggers responses to a constantly changing environment that can turn hostile at any moment? Maybe greed is an emotional reaction to our cultural reward system? Or the embodiment of the darkest side of our natures, rooted in fear? When you get down to it, you realize how little we really know about greed.

‘The Cure For Greed’ is an object that sparks internal and social dialogue on many aspects of greed, the benefits as well as dangers of this basic and pervasive human behavior. It’s an invitation to reexamine our assumptions and inject them with the type of energy that spark new and evolving perspectives. Our hope is to learn from this process, and grow, to become more human, not by repressing our nature, but by transcending it with understanding and compassion.

In an attempt to refine our humanity, throughout history, society and culture have sought to govern such basic urges with intricate systems of reward and punishment. An approach that has not proven to be very effective.

Making of

A behind the scenes peek, excerpted over the four-month process to produce ‘The Cure for Greed’. Intricate mechanical and chemical separation is needed to extract and recover pigment from US currency. The ink is then restabilized, divided into individual doses and packaged into medical vials.

Artist Finds Cure for Greed: Society Stands To Benefit Substantially.



Further reading

Interview with Trendland
Gallery feature Guy Hepner New York
’Artist Finds Cure for Greed: Society Stands To Benefit Substantially’ PRWeb
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