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 choose to honor these choices and use the money that we must 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.
“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 at ungravenimage.com.
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