One Million Dollars

Maria Cruz

Exhibition Dates
27 September - 21 October 2006

One Million Dollars emerged from Maria Cruz's considerations of the social values placed upon money, from hard cash to intangible digital data.

Overview

Wealth and currency form the driving imperatives of our society. They may even crystallize our sense of struggle in relation to life and death. One Million Dollars emerged from Maria Cruz's considerations of the social values placed upon money, from hard cash to intangible digital data. As Cruz states, generally speaking, it is hard not to like money. And so this project evolved with the goal of gathering and seeing the impressions one million Australian dollars on a flat surface, in colour.

 

Knowing that what is presented is a recreated and devalued version of One Million Dollars created an interesting tension with the cultural drive to honour, even worship, and 'value-add' to money as social force.

Maria Cruz, 'One Million Dollars', installation view Artspace, Sydney, 2006