The [Un]Employment Studio
The [Un]Employment Studio is a participatory project that questions and conflates the value of money, labor, and the art object. Provided with a pound of porcelain and two quarters as a mold, participants are invited to work under contractual agreement at The [Un]Employment Studio on an hourly basis. During this time, employees use a hand replication process to make as much porcelain money as possible, thereby constituting their hourly wage for which they will be compensated in equivalent US currency. Sets of the porcelain money are, in turn, sold to collectors and investors who value the handmade, the time, and the discipline necessary to produce unique objects.