Ultra Violet Dollar Wave
Giclée print on paper, 2017.
Limited edition of 25, hand signed by the artist.
Ultra Violet Dollar Wave is one of a series of prints on the theme of Ultra Violet light, which simulate the colors as they would appear under UV, similar to some UV security features found on circulating banknotes. In this case, the artist imagines what it would look like if an uncut sheet of US Dollars were overprinted with Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave’, in UV inks.
‘The Great Wave Off Kanagawa’ (1833) is perhaps one of the most famous woodblock prints, by Japanese artist Hokusai. It the first in Hokusai’s 36 prints that depict Mount Fuji. In this print, Mount Fuji can be seen in the lower right, beyond a fishing boat.
By combining this iconic image with the US Dollar, the artist highlights the connection between Hokusai’s print, and our maritime sense of money: economic waves, liquidity, sunk costs, slush fund…