Jenna Lash is a visual artist who is fascinated by currency. Her interest is in diverse cultures and how their identities are represented by their money. Through the prism of her work, Lash’s art reflects her impressions of countries’ symbolic representations of their financial systems.
Lash’s enlarged pointillist images also bring attention to money’s beauty and symbolism. Further clarification of the meaning of currency and culture is seen by viewing her paintings individually, or together during an exhibit. The accessibility of her work allows viewers to relate in an intimate way with the images on her large and small money paintings.
Lash’s unique contemporary pointillism is reminiscent of Seurat’s dots of color. She has been written up by Ralph Gardner of “The Wall Street Journal,” and “Bloomberg News” for her solo show in Switzerland. “The National Art Museum and Gallery Guide,” and “The Art Now/New York Gallery Guide,” have both displayed illustrations of her work in their magazines.
Lash has won many awards for her work. She has had fourteen solo shows in New York during the last fifteen years, as well as been in more than thirty juried group exhibitions. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s of Arts Degree from New York University. She has also studied at the American Academy of Rome. Her work is held in private collections in the United States and in Europe.
What value, money?
Money is a framework for my exploration of value and values: of the personal versus the public; of the conflicting perspectives between men and women; of the cultural differences between generations; and of the harmony between (or conflict with) individuals in relation to a global society.
Over the years, I have pondered many questions about this highly charged symbol, and what it represents with respect to identity--both of the self, and of one's larger society. How do we reflect our own worth, and our worth as a society, through currency? Should it still matter that individual countries each have their own currency, or would it be better to have a borderless world, and a unified currency? (Will it unite us, or ultimately destroy us?) What is money's position vis-a-vis individualism, diversity, identity, unity? What, ultimately, will be gained, and what lost?
I believe that these questions continue to be relevant today, as information, relationships, and, ultimately, currency--become ever more connected. As an artist, I want to encourage my viewers to consider how their money, and what they choose to spend on (or forego) goes hand in hand with the worth assigned to individuals, things, societies and countries.
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