* 1971 in New York, NY, US
Lives and works in Colrain und Brooklyn.
„I have been making work about money and my everyday life since I received my MFA from RISD in 1995. I have been concerned with value since then when I began working as a waitress after leaving graduate school and for the following three years. What is my time worth? How much is a dollar really worth? Is $20 worth more to me if I only have $100? I started drawing everything I spent money on as a way to keep track of how much money that I had at any given moment. I was living in an SRO in Manhattan with so little money that I was constantly running out. Making drawings of everything I spent money on helped me keep track of how much money I had, but also helped me feel that I was generating something every time I spent it. When I started showing my work (my first group show was at White Columns in 1998) and found that people were interested in buying it, I realized that I had to devise a plan for how to let the drawings go and still keep something to maintain my records since every drawing was part of a system.
I decided to trace each drawing that was sold and add information on the tracing about who purchased the drawing, how much they paid for it, how much I earned when they bought it and where. I then mounted the tracings to wood and added them back into the system. At this point, anyone else could purchase the drawing, and so on up to the 20th generation.“ – Danica Phelps