Graphite on 140lb archival paper
10" x 10"
Amy Stacey Curtis has been staging solo biennials in Maine for over a decade. As part of her fundraising efforts she creates drawings to sell, each grouping relating to the particular theme of the biennial. This drawing was created for "Matter" her eighth biennial in 2014. "Poker Chip" fits nicely into the Overlord theme in that, not only is it strikingly symmetrical from every cardinal point, but the object itself is radiant like a sunburst. This makes it, on visual information alone, suggestive of a Holy Wafer or meditative mandala. A consideration of the poker chip as a social artifact additionally carries with it the oppressive psychological grip that gambling, fortune hunting and the idea of money for nothing can hold upon underlings that fall prey to siren call of the Almighty Overlord that is money.