Plant sculptures made of international bank notes and encased in glass domes by London-based artist Justine Smith. Her work is concerned with the concept of money and how it touches almost every aspect of our lives. Sourcing old and new notes from every country and cutting them up for her sculptures, Smith is drawn to their aesthetic and how the currencies depict national scenes of exquisite flora and fauna, heritage, leaders, dictators, heroes and reigning monarchs. Her paper plants, inspired by specimens found near her studio, use the language of Victorian museum displays with their Latin titles such as violets (Specimen Viola Odorata) created from old English pound notes and wood anemones (Specimen Anemone Nemorosa) fashioned from old English pounds, Mauritian Rupees and West African notes. Smith often incorporates real plants and insects as an essential element of her sculptures blurring the boundaries of artifice and reality.
On view at 15 Bateman Street Nov 10–14.