Desire

Inspired by "What if money was no Object?", a lecture by Alan Watts, this gallery explores the power and affects of money, and the social stigmas associated with money and success. "What do you desire?...What would you like to do if money were no object?" - Alan Watts

Workers begin the trip back home after working in a mill. They appear defeated and depressed, representing the struggle associated with not having enough money, and working tirelessly to make more.
This artwork shows a suit on a display stand. It represents society's ideal picture of success -- someone that wears a suit, goes to an office everyday, and is monetarily wealthy.
The "third-class" family faces away from the rest of the passengers, as if they are isolated from the rest of society, showing that the less fortunate are to be shunned.
This transcript from the Nara period (8th century) in Japan represents the writer, an occupation that is often disregarded as a mean of income in today's society.
Vincent van Gogh represents the persona of the "starving artist," someone who continues to create art without earning much money. Artists create art, not allowing money to govern their decisions.
Musicians are often looked down upon if they are not famous. They are sometimes told that music is not "sustainable," and that they need a backup plan or a way to make money.
This artwork depicts a man escaping what looks like a murder scene through a canvas. This represents an artist escaping the pressures of society through his art.
This artwork depicts three women dancing joyfully. This represents dancers, who do not always have a definite future, but dance anyway, because it makes them happy.
This artwork represents how the increasing desire for money causes people to neglect the environment, as well as the people around them.
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