Using only currency, Mark Wagner constructs surreal, intricate collaged scenes. Differing from fellow money collagists such as Joey Colombo, Wagner’s distinct monster-building adds an absorbing, pop quality to this strain of the form. Wagner’s Instagram profile has a humorous and apt shorthand for this approach: “art made from money made from art.”
“Wagner’s artwork is an entry point to a conversation extending far beyond the art world,” a statement says. “Decades dedicated to destroying banknotes has provided Wagner with a unique perspective on the nature of money. Modern man’s obsession with finance and our wistful attempts to tame it through economics belies money’s emotional, mercurial… even fictional nature. Wagner addresses these issues in writing, lecture, and interview as eloquently as he does through his artwork.”
See more of Wagner’s work below.