Harrsch, Erika

www.erikaharrsch.com

US DOLLAR KITES, 2012

Mixed media on ripstop spinnaker nylon fabric

Carbon and fiberglass rods

Each approx. 85 x 45 in

 

MAO DRAGON KITE, 2012

Mixed media on ripstop spinnaker nylon fabric

Carbon and fiberglass rods

Each approx. 19 ft x 6ft (with arms 12ft)

 

CASH VAULT, 2012

Polycarbonate cabin, metal base, ventilator

and paper currency butterflies

30 x 30 in x 6ft 

With these works the fleeting and ephemeral beauty of butterflies is linked to the specter of money, seemingly omni-present but mostly out of reach.   Presented either in free flight on the ceiling of the former bank or fluttering inside a glass cube, these images of international currency as butterflies allude to volatile currency markets, capital circulation and migration. 

Both projects simultaneously create a whimsical appreciation of the flight of a butterfly, juxtaposed against the somber heaviness of the continued depression in worldwide financial markets and events.  At the same time. the question of beauty and ephemerality point to the difficulty in assessing  the meaning of value and true exchange.

Special Thanks to Mexican Cultural Institute, Goldring Family Foundation and Elsa and Marvin Ross-Greifinger.

 

 

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