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20th Apr 2012

$100 USA Genesis Sunset

Money, like art, can be seen and understood as a power that can be used to transform our lives.

For instance, money transforms lives when it is used to pay for a life saving operation or vaccination program, when it supplies a soup kitchen with much needed food or when it brings water to people who have no drinkable water due to natural or industrial polluting causes. Hillel Jesus would have called this “doing onto others as you would have them do unto you”, or more simply feeding the poor and visiting the sick*.”

A sunset is always a promise of a new beginning according to Genesis chapter 1. The new day both ends with a sunset celebration and begins with that sunset inspiring the next creation (day).

“And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” – Genesis 1:4-5

Like a sunset, money can be understood as a kind of new beginning, as a promise to be fulfilled.

Young children when given enough money in their hands to be able to actually purchase a toy often show us the excitement and wonderment of the transforming promise of money as they realize they can perhaps have almost anything – but not everything .

No one, not even the wealthiest person in the world can have everything that money can buy. We must choose. Creation and transformation, from Genesis until this very moment when you are reading this, always involve making a choice: this not that.

“Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.” – Benjamin Franklin

Sometimes it seems that we lack the chance to make choices with our money as we can have so many bills, debts and expense necessities (like food, gas for our commutes, and clothes for the family). But at some point these were all choices we made and opportunities we selected or are selecting. With the money we have we get to chose to honor these choices and use the money that we have to transform both our lives and the lives of others.

“Time extracts various values from a painter’s work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is.” – Henri Matisse

Below is an image of a new Genesis Sunset – In God We Trust painting entitled, $100 Genesis Sunset Alpeh. Many of you are familiar with my Genesis Sunset series, but this image also is a part of the new In God We Trust series that deals with worth, and includes money.

$100 Genesis Sunset Alpeh by Judy Rey Wasserman

The strokes used in $100 Genesis Sunset Alpeh Genesis 1-2:7 (for the sunset), Proverbs 13 for the Essence Portrait of Franklin, and Exodus 20-Ten Commandments for the rest of the bill. This new 2012 mixed media work is available as a 4 x 6 postcard size archival print that you can easily frame and display daily to inspire yourself and others who see it. For more information click HERE.

“The use of money is all the advantage there is in having it.” Benjamin Franklin

*Note: In the time of Jesus when visiting the sick meant going to clean up and take care of a sick person as there were no hospitals, nursing homes or visiting nurses. It meant working and providing, not simply bringing flowers or candy and having a nice visit.
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free PDF copy (opens right up) click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
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13th Apr 2012

Thomas Jefferson — Essence Portrait

Thomas Jefferson   (April 13, 1743– July 4, 18 26) was an American Founding Father  who was the principal author of the and the third President of the United States.

This basic Essence Portrait of Thomas Jefferson, who fascinates me and I admire him greatly, although I do not always agree with him. His basic Essence Portrait is created with the symbol-strokes (original Torah font letters) I am using for the portraits of the presidents; Exodus 20, the Ten Commandments. However due to his wide range of interests and influence, there are many texts that certainly could also have been chosen.

There is little doubt that Jefferson was very familiar with the Bible and the Ten Commandments. His “self-evident” truths derive from biblical ideas that all men are equal before the law. As a plantation owner and slaveholder he was part of the ruling class, but Jefferson made profoundly significant contributions to the rise of anti-slavery constitutionalism in the United States. See the Wikipaedia article for more about Jefferson and slavery http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Jefferson_and_slavery.

I chose to portray the younger Jefferson, a more romantic figure who I can easily imagine impressing the Paris court on behalf of the colonies. Also, note how many, many strokes are obviously used , especially in his clothing. That is because Jefferson was a man of letters (symbolism not pun intended).

Portrait of Jefferson created with strokes of Ten Commandments by Judy Rey Wasserman

Exodus 20 – Ten Commandments (Thomas Jefferson Essence Portrait) by Judy Rey Wasserman

“I have never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy as a cause from withdrawing from a friend” – Thomas Jefferson

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