There’s a lot you can do with a dollar bill, but not many make use of it in quite the way visual artist Mark Wagner does. He creatively bends, twists, cuts and glues one dollar bills into these striking and complex portraits. When asked about his work, Wagner had this to say:
The one dollar bill is the most ubiquitous piece of paper in America. Collage asks the question: what might be done to make it something else? It is a ripe material: intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree, and steeped in symbolism and concept. Blade and glue transform it-reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers—striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable… the foreign in the familiar.
The likes of Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama and George Washington are all brought to life and creatively assembled over hours of painstaking adjustment and planning, but the end results we think you’re all agree are almost priceless.