Art Insurrection Bills, a subversive artistic project

Insurrection Bills, a subversive artistic project

Federica Cimorelli

Stacey Lee Webber is an American artist born in Indianapolis and now based in Philadelphia. Her practice incorporates a wide range of techniques including coin cutting, embroidery, metal fabrication and resin casting. Insurrection Bills is the name of her latest work, a subversive artistic project that questions America’s greatest historical narratives.

About a year ago, Stacey Lee Webber changed the main medium of her work from metals and coins to banknotes. Insurrection Bills is a collection of American dollars embroidered and transformed into works of art.
The series references feelings of anger, turmoil, and frustration during the tense political climate while recontextualizing and questioning the beloved iconography we see on our money.” So flames envelop historical monuments, walls remain unfinished and a series of masks cover the faces of the characters on the banknotes.

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In contrast to the muted tones of the paper, the coloured embroidery creates a stark contrast in the aesthetics and meaning of the object. Stacey Lee Webber pushes the boundaries of the medium beyond identification and creates unique works of art that encapsulate new narratives.

See a selection of her work here and follow her on Instagram and on her personal website to keep up with the developments.

Written by Federica Cimorelli
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