missy weimer



Money Doesn't Love You Back


7x3x2 inches

Resin cast, laser-cut $1 bill (American currency)

Ed. of 3

(and one artists proof)



































































Money Doesn't Love You Back

       A single, laser-cut, American dollar bill encased in resin. Frozen and floating it is robbed of its real world value. Yet the display works to elevate its perceived value. It references the framed dollar, represents that first dollar, the promise of more money to come, foundational money, capital. Capital is money which makes money. This combined with its textual message of 'Money Doesn't Love You' can be seen as a critique of Capitalism, and it is. It is also true that this piece, as a valuable art object, is a critique on the art market and gallery system in which my work exists. However, the title points to its deeper pedigree. Money Doesn't Love You Back is not just a statement on capitalism, it is a statement about desire and the conflation of love with desire. It is about how the love and desire of an inanimate object (used to satiate animal desires), strips you of your humanity.

       The relationship between desire and consumption is that of negation. A bill on its own is worth nothing until it is spent. The value of money is only discovered (created) in its consumption. We consume it. We desire it to satiate our animal needs but we will never desire its desire, because it cannot desire us back. Thus, our desire for money is a base desire, inhuman because it can only ever give us an inhuman return.

       So, yes this can be seen as a critique of capitalism, a system which values money (the dollar) over human life and human desires, over the life and the love of another. The work also functions within the capitalist system as a commodity. But beyond all that, and most importantly, it speaks to how money debases us. We desire what it gains us, but it will never afford us what we truly desire – Love.