Mark Wagner’s ‘Currency Portraits’ literally cost money to make, because they are collages painstakingly cut up and glued from real one-dollar bills.
With his currency collages, the New York-based artist seeks to use money as 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.”
Check out his amazing portraits of President Obama, Lincoln, the Mona Lisa, American Gothic, and more in stunning detail below. See more of his works here.